FIFA remains confident that all 10 stadiums for the 2010 World Cup will be ready on time despite an admission that four of them are likely to miss the first deadlines at the end of the year.
Ellis Park in Johannesburg, the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria and the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace will all miss their 2008 deadlines as construction work is set to continue into next year.
FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke told a news conference all 10 venues would be completed in time for the 2010 finals.
“None are ready now but they will all be ready on time for the 2010 World Cup finals and that’s the most important thing,” he said.
Valcke said there would be no problem with the Confederations Cup, which will staged in the four venues from June 14-28 next year.
“There is nothing to suggest there is any danger to the event,” he said
FIFA also confirmed that it had completed its lineup of 2010 World Cup broadcasters ahead of schedule by signing a television rights deal for Nigeria.
The organisation expects to earn $3.2 billion from selling television and marketing rights for the tournament in South Africa.
“We can now focus on delivery of the rights and further developing our relationship with the broadcasters,” FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke said.