Africa is welcoming its first FIFA World Cup in June 2010 and the atmosphere among football/soccer lovers is raising higher as each day passes by. The 24 countries named below are already booked for South Africa for the tournament next year:
Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, England, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, Italy, Ivory Coast ,Japan, Korea DPR, Korea Republic, Mexico, Netherlands, Paraguay, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United States.
Some of the football powerhouses are forced to wait and fight for the last tickets to the land of Madiba. Most fans are wondering if they will risk their $120.00 without seeing their idol as top teams like Portugal, France, Nigeria, Cameroon, Egypt and Uraguy are still out of the competition. At least this week, being the international holiday, we will come to know who the eight teams to join the 24 will be. It will be so sad to if the like of Thierry Henry (France), Samuel Eto’o ( Cameroon), and the balon d’or winner, Christiano Ronaldo, of Portugal are the top and high profiled players that people are afraid to miss in the world's number one sport event.
A month ago South Africa obliged employers to allow people to wear their favorite world cup team jersey at work every Friday in preparation and raise the bar of support for the tournament. This is great. I wish I was there already; I would wear the Ivorian number 9 jersey. I love Didier Drogba and he will be among the players to watch come June 2010. The last round of the qualifiers is this Saturday and the fixtures are here, if you are planning to watch. And then the play offs will follow for the teams such as France, Portugal, Uruguay and New Zealand.