June 15, 2010 – A warm welcome for Jack Warner at the airport on his return from FIFA’s World Cup in South Africa. Later, Mr. Warner attended a Puja in his honour.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon praises Jack Warner
June 12, 2010 – newsday.co.ttTHE top brass of FIFA, the world’s governing body for football are all in South Africa attending the 2010 World Cup Finals. And Trinidad and Tobago’s Jack Warner is the most sought after by world leaders. At the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup at the Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg yesterday, Warner received high praises from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
The UN Secretary General thanked the Senior FIFA Vice President for all his efforts in bringing the World Cup to South Africa.
“Mr Warner, you are an influential man. This event has united a nation under one banner, football. There is hope again in South Africa,” Ban said.
Earlier this week at the Opening Ceremony of the 60th FIFA Congress in Johannesburg, Head of the Organising Committee of the World Cup Dr Ivan Khoza publicly thanked Warner for efforts in ensuring that South Africa was given the opportunity to host the world tournament.
“We spent almost seven hours in a meeting trying to convince Jack Warner we in South Africa can do it. Mr Warner was open with his criticism but he gave us valuable advice. To this day it is unknown whether he voted for us but when one of the world’s most influential leaders in football speaks you must listen. Without you, South Africa would have never been able to welcome the world,” Khoza said.
But this isn’t the first time Warner has been credited for his actions in ensuring the FIFA 2010 World Cup is brought to South Africa. Back in June 2009, President Jacob Zuma, also praised Warner for his efforts in getting the tournament to South Africa. The South African President stated: “Without your efforts and personal intervention, none of this today would not have been possible in South Africa. South Africa owes you a debt of gratitude.”
In 2004, Former South African President and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela flew to Trinidad and Tobago to hold talks with Warner in an attempt to solicit his support for his nation’s World Cup bid.
Warner promised then that he would help South Africa show the world what “the great people and the nation can do despite any obstacles.”
Jack is man of the moment in South Africa
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South African President Jacob Zuma Praises Jack Warner
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