The 2010 FIFA World Cup is just over 40 days away and the interest level is slowly rising. But the real craze will only come in a few weeks when the European football season is over.
The expectations from the first World Cup on African soil are high. And can South Africa deliver?
A question which a lot of people around the world are asking themselves.
The 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany set very high standards in organisation and implementation. And any country in the world would have its problems to deliver a tournament of that standard.
South Africa has a very tough task on hand, but I would expect and hope to get a different World Cup. I only have been twice to South Africa, to Johannesburg to be precise, and it is a distinctly different football atmosphere.
It is especially loud in the stadiums through the Vuvuzelas (a blowing horn), a lot of dance and singing. This is what I would like to see and remember from this World Cup.
But the issues of security and transport will surely be in focus, but once the tournament begins and these issues don't come to the forefront everyday then the football would take over.
Lets hope for an enjoyable experience, good quality football and no violence.