By Louis Jadwong
FOR the 2010 World Cup finals to be considered a success, African soccer teams must perform well and the event needs to be backed by an atmosphere of celebration.
Egypt have already stunned world champions Italy in the ongoing Confederations Cup. More encouragingly, hosts South Africa have looked on course for recovery after over five years of decline.
Off the pitch, fans have already shown they can trumpet their joy and create a memorable African World Cup. The vuvuzela â€“â€“ a noisy plastic trumpet â€“â€“ looks set to be a main feature next year and everyone from players to FIFA president have already noted the unique sound it makes.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter brushed aside any criticism of the vuvuzela by saying it is noisy, it is energy, rhythm, music, dance, drums. It is Africa!
With half the World Cup tickets already snapped up. Africa is surely ready for the kick-off on June 11, 2010.
Africa ready to host 2010 World Cup finals