By Patrick Omorodion
As the registration for volunteer jobs for the 2010 FIFA World Cup holding in South Africa closed at midnight Monday, Nigerians topped the list of applicants outside the host country with 750 applications, ahead of the USA with 554 applications.
According to the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee,Â a total of 67,999 people from 170 countries applied for the volunteer jobs from the period of July 20 to August 31, 2009.
This number, according to a statement from the Organising Committee, exceeds the 48,167 applications received for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, adding that the next step will be the screening of the applications while the interview process begins in December.
Aside Nigeria and the USA, other countries which recorded a high number of applicants are Brazil with 489, Zimbabwe with 449, Italy with 414, Cameroon with 375, Congo DR with 109 and South Africaâ€™s next door neighbour, Lesotho with 106.
Responding to the interest shown by people across the world, Dr. Danny Jordaan, the CEO of the South Africa 2010 Organising Committee, said â€œWe would like to thank the thousands of people who applied to be volunteers. The programme has certainly proved to be hugely popular and we are honoured by the incredible response we have received from around the world.â€
The statement showed that those wishing to provide administrative support for the tournament topped the list with 6,378 applications while hospitality and ushering services had 5,537, Fan Park services, 2,977, information technology and telecommunications, 2,753 while those wishing to assist hearing-impaired spectators are 83.
According to the statement, â€œ Overseas volunteers will be interviewed by teleconference while host city interviews will be conducted simultaneously at venues in each city.â€