When will soccer stand up and be counted, instead of playing second fiddle to rugby in South Africa?
In terms of benefits to the country, there is no way you can put the upcoming British and Irish Lions tour in the same bracket as the 2010 Soccer World Cup and it’s prelude, next month’s Confederations Cup. My gripe comes from what I perceive as an almost subservient attitude of Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 Organising Committee. Talking about a ‘logistical nightmare’ with the two events running side by side, Jordaan is quoted in the media as saying that they (the LOC) were very grateful to the South African Rugby Union for making the complicated balancing act that will take place next month possible. “The South African Rugby Union was so accommodating that they even amended the Lions’ tour schedule to ensure that there were no problems with the staging of the Confederations Cup,” he said. “They even went as far as ensuring that there would be no incoming tours to SA next year so that we are not faced with a similar headache around venues next year. We have to give thanks to them beca