6 Jul 2010

FIFA boss declares World Cup a success

7:02 am on 6 July 2010

With four games to go at the World Cup football finals, FIFA's president Sepp Blatter has already declared the South African tournament a success.

Critics had predicted fans would stay away from the first World Cup to be staged in Africa because of high travel costs and South Africa's high crime rate.

But Blatter says more than 500-thousand fans will have gone to South Africa and the figure might even be higher.

He's also delighted with the number of high profile politicians who've attended the tournament.

South African is tallying up a tourism windfall from the championship which they say will be recorded in the history books as one of the best showcases ever for South Africa and Africa.