SAfrica prepared if Obama decides to attend WCup

Updated: Apr 29, 2010, 09:32 AM IST

New York: The top South African World Cup organizer says his country is prepared to have President Barack Obama visit during the tournament.

Obama met last year at the White House with FIFA president Sepp Blatter, and South African officials have said Obama has told them he might try to attend if his schedule allows.

"I think it would be wonderful it he comes," Danny Jordaan, the South African organizing committee`s chief executive officer, said Wednesday during an interview.

"We expect a high number of heads of states during the World Cup."

Blatter and Jordaan also hope former South African president Nelson Mandela also can attend.

The Nobel Prize winner makes few public appearances these days.

Bureau Report