By Tony Ubani, in South Africa
The Chief Executive Officer of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa, Dr Danny Jordaan, has hailed â€œthe incredible atmosphere and spectacular footballâ€ in the historic tournamentâ€™s opening match played in front of 84 490 fans at Johannesburgâ€™s Soccer City stadium.
â€œWe could not have asked for more, a capacity stadium, a host nation with a will to win, an incredible atmosphere and spectacular football. It is just fantastic that the first goal of Africaâ€™s first World Cup went to South Africa, we really couldnâ€™t have written a better script,â€ said Jordaan following a thrilling 1-1 draw between South Africa and Mexico.
Jordaan said that todayâ€™s match had set the tone for the rest of the tournament. â€œToday we have established a template for every city and every town across South Africa to celebrate this World Cupâ€.
Jordaan added that todayâ€™s opening match had given him confidence from an organisational perspective. â€œThe match went well and all of South Africa can be proud of what we have done in front of 500 million people.