FIFA's Blatter to address AU Summit

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter is expected on Monday to address the 8th African Union (AU) Summit of heads of state in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the hosting of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, media reports said here Sunday.
"It is an immense honour for me to be able to address all of the African heads of state.
It will be an excellent opportunity to remind the entire African continent that holding the FIFA World Cup on African soil will be an exceptional way to pay homage to football across Africa and to show the world the true depth of its potential," one report quoted Blatter as saying.
The FIFA boss will focus on the "Win in Africa with Africa" project, a FIFA initiative designed to help the entire continent to benefit from the dynamics created by the first ever FIFA World Cup in an African country.
South African president Thabo Mbeki and Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Issa Hayatou are also expected to address the heads of state attending the summit on the 2010 World Cup.
On Sunday, a number of African leaders, Blatter and Hayatou will launch 2007 as the International Year of African Football in the Ethiopian capital.
Youth teams from Ethiopia and South Africa are billed to play a friendly as part of the launching ceremony, organisers said.

28 january 2007 18:43:00

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