“I would be quite negligent as president if I did not have a Plan B tucked away at the back of a drawer,” said FIFA president Sepp Blatter at a press conference before yesterdays EURO 2008 final. Blatter was making reference to South Africa’s ability to host the world cup in 2010. If something was to seriously go wrong and South Africa are not able to host the world cup, FIFA will have a plan ‘B’ in place. It is understandable that they have a plan ‘B’ as no one knows what will happen. I am sure it is pretty standard when organising a tournament of such magnitude that plans are put in place. We may not know exactly what the plan ‘B’ is with many thinking that plan ‘B’ will result in Australia hosting the world cup in 2010.
Blatter then went on to say, “But only a natural disaster would make it active.” I am very positive that the world cup in 2010 will take place in South Africa. Stadiums will be completed on time, transport networks will be in place and everything possible to make it a crime free world cup will be done. As Blatter said that only a natural disaster will stop the world cup from taking place in South Africa, one can not help think about the effects Zimbabwe will play in 2010. If Zimbabwe is still unstable, the effects in Zimbabwe could affect South Africa. If by some chance a civil war breaks out in Zimbabwe, I doubt FIFA will take the risk of having a world cup in South Africa.