JOHANNESBURG: FIFA's World Cup inspectors will visit Libya and Egypt this month to complete their assessment of the five African candidates seeking to host the 2010 Finals, officials said yesterday.
The five-man FIFA team, headed by Jan Peeters of Belgium, will visit Libya from Jan 7-14 and Egypt from Jan 23-30.
The three other candidates – Morocco, South Africa and Tunisia – were scrutinised last year.
The inspection team, who also include representatives from Chile, Finland and France, have to produce a report on each of the countries seeking to host the World Cup in 2010, the first time the tournament will be staged in Africa.
The reports must be finished by March and will be handed to the 24-man executive committee, who decide on the 2010 host in Zurich on May 15.
The inspectors will check the stadia, training grounds, hospitals, hotels and other essential infrastructure as well as meeting with local political and sporting leaders. – Reuters