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  • ZAKUMI, THE OFFICIAL MASCOT OF THE 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP, UNVEILED. Six hundred and 26 days before the start of the first FIFA World Cup in Africa, in South Africa 2010, the official mascot of the event was unveiled at an African-themed live TV show broadcast nationwide.
  • NEW COUNTDOWN CLOCK UNVEILED. Amos Masondo (top), Mayor of Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city, unveiled Oct. 9,2008, the city's 2010 Countdown Clock with just 600 days to go before the first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup at Joburg’s Soccer City.
  • WORLD CUP EXCITEMENT. Women pose with the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa mascot, Zakumi, at his unveiling. On Jan 26, 2009, South Africans celebrated the world’s biggest sports event which is just 500 days away. South Africa is the first African country to host the FIFA World Cup.
  • NEW ERA IN ARAB SPORTING HISTORY. Prior to March 16, 2009, no country in the Arab world has ever bid to host the FIFA World Cup.
  • BOTERO’S HAT-TRICK LEADS BOLIVIA’S 6-1 WIN OVER ARGENTINA. Striker Joaquin Botero’s (photo) hat-trick led Bolivia to its most important victory in the current qualification campaign to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as they trashed Argentina 6-1 at high-altitude in La Paz, on April 1, 2009.
  • PLAY-OFF BERTH SECURED. While they only needed to draw with visitors Uzbekistan in their Group A Asian zone 2010 World Cup qualifying encounter in Manama, the Bahraini capital on June 17, 2009, the homesters grabbed three points all the same by defeating Uzbekistan (in blue) 1-0.
  • HISTORIC, BY ANY MEASURE. This picture, by any measure, is much about history made and history written at the FIFA Confederation Cup tournament which ended in South Africa on June 28,2009.
  • TRULY AFRICAN ICON.A wind instrument in the shape of a kudu horn (photo), the Kuduzela, has been launched in South Africa and is expected to become synonymous with football in South Africa.
  • THE BLACK STARS ARE COMING. Ghana's Black Stars beat Sudan's Desert Hawks 2-0 in their Group D match in Accra on Sept 6, 2009 and qualified for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.
  • DURBAN HERE WE COME. Award-winning carrier, Emirates, start services to Durban, its 17th route into Africa, on Oct 1, 2009, according to Dubai-datelined Sept 24, 2009 news reports.
World Cup 2010 News

South Africa Move Up In FIFA World Rankings

By Kemantha Govender

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, July 16 (Bernama/NNN-BUANEWS) -- Bafana Bafana have moved up 17 places in the FIFA world soccer rankings and now occupies 66th position.