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HABARIINSPIRATION 50 msafi ri All set for 2010 Y ou might not have heard of Dr Danny Jordaan, but over the next two years that is set to change – because he is the man charged with delivering the 2010 football World Cup on time, on budget, and on a scale that dwarfs any sporting event held in Africa before. The statistics are impressive: US$ 600m has been spent on national infrastructure, while 100,000 jobs have been created in the construction industry and a further 80,000 in hospitality. It is a staggering commitment, but the hosts expect it to be offset by the US$ 1.5bn forecast to be spent by the 500,000 football followers who will fl ock to the Rainbow Nation in June and July 2010. And Jordaan has reassured fans that the ambitious project is on schedule. " Preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup are going exceedingly well and we're extremely confi dent that we will meet all our FIFA deadlines," said Jordaan. " A FIFA inspection tour were very happy with the progress they encountered, and we'll undoubtedly be ready in good time. There will be improved infrastructure across the entire country. We're already reaping the benefi ts." Preparations for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa come with some impressive statistics WORDS: JULIAN BENNETTS TEAMS Rarely has there been such a shock as when Cameroon beat reigning World Champions Argen-tina 1- 0 in the opening game of the 1990 World Cup, in Italy. Francois Omam Biyik's 67th- minute header stunned the San Siro and sent a generation of Cameroonian players to stardom before a quarter- fi nal penalty shoot- out defeat to England. African teams have certainly improved since then, with their players starring in leagues the world over. However, the best chance for a repeat performance may rest with Ghana, whose powerful team will look to improve on their Second Round performance in the 2006 fi nals. It is hard to fi nd a better midfi eld in the whole tournament; Chelsea's Michael Essien, Inter Milan's Sulley Muntari and skipper Stephen Appiah are likely to be a match for any opponent, while Asamoah Gyan and Junior Agogo know the way to goal. The defence is, as ever, likely to be the main issue, but the Black Stars will be confi dent of success. PLAYERS ? 1 AMR ZAKI: The Egyptian forward has taken the UK Premier League by storm in his fi rst few months with Wigan Athletic, prompting interest from Liverpool and Manchester City. As strong as an ox and with a shot to match, Zaki is defi nitely one to watch out for in 2010. ? 2 JACK WILSHERE: There hasn't been such a fuss over a young Englishman since Wayne Rooney burst onto the scene in 2002. Making regular appearances for Arsenal aged just 16, the tricky winger has caught the eye of national team boss Fabio Capello, who is reportedly considering fast- tracking him into his squad. ? 3 MARIO BALOTELLI: Called into the Italian under- 21 squad as soon as he gained citizenship aged 18, the son of Ghanaian immigrants has impressed Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho and could challenge the established order in the Azzurri frontline. Tall, powerful and quick, Inter have already refused big- money offers for him. WHO'S WHO? So what high- profi le shocks can we expect at SA 2010? And will there be any new superstars emerging? Here we predict some of the names you might be reading a lot more about in 2010. GALLO IMAGES/ STRINGER/ GETTY IMAGES