Construction of stadiums for the 2010 World Cup is on schedule, a FIFA official has confirmed.
“FIFA is confident progress is on track and going the right way,” FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said after a board meeting of the local organizing committee.
Last week, FIFA officials, joined by South African organizers, visited four of the nine host cities to assess the stadiums in Johannesburg, site of the opening and final matches, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.
Irvin Khoza, chairman of the local organizing committee, said reports from the inspection team were “very positive.”
Valcke also said preparations for the World Cup qualifying draw scheduled for November 25 in Durban were almost complete.
“Ninety-five percent of the predraw is finalized and organized,” Valcke said.
“This is very good news, as it is only seven weeks before we go live.”