13 Jul 2010

FIFA awards South Africa high mark for World Cup

3:24 pm on 13 July 2010

FIFA has given South Africa its highest possible mark for the World Cup.

President Sepp Blatter has given a mark of nine out of 10 which was the maximum possible, saying perfection does not exist in our life.

Last year, when FIFA still had concerns over South African organisation of the vast logistical operation, Blatter gave a mark of 7.5, saying it was below what was required.

But now he says Africa has proven it really can organise a World Cup and can be proud, adding that the tournament has changed perceptions of the continent.

More than 3.1 million people attended the 64 games, which began on 11 June and ended on Sunday when Spain defeated the Netherlands, 1-0.

President Jacob Zuma says the World Cup will go down as one of the proudest moment's in South Africa's history.