ALL SET FOR BUMPER CLOSING CEREMONY
A combination of fireworks and the latest light effects technology will mark the closing ceremony of the FIFA World Cup on Sunday night. The ceremony, to be broadcast to millions of TV viewers world-wide, will take place at Soccer City Stadium from 18h30.
'We are looking at youthful and technological advanced closing ceremony and because it is at night time, the event will feature a lot of lighting technology,' spokesperson, Jamaine Craig said.
He confirmed that Shakira and local group, Freshlyground, will be performing their number one hit: 'Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)' during the closing ceremony.
The official song of the 2010 World Cup has reportedly reached one million sales mark since it became available on May 11, making the fastest-selling single and the biggest-selling World Cup single in the history of the tournament.
It is still not clear who, between President Jacob Zuma or FIFA's President, Sepp Blatter, will be handing over the trophy to the winning team as there is no official protocol for this.
FIFA has also announced that 3 million spectators have so far turned up at stadia across the country since the start of the World Cup. The soccer governing body described the figure as the third highest overall total ever in the history of the flagship event, behind only the 1994 and 2006 tournaments.
'It's very impressive and we are expecting another milestone as the tournament progresses to the final matches,' said spokesperson Nicolas Maingot.
Fan Fests also continued to be a resounding success and FIFA is hoping to record a five million world-wide attendance when the tournament closes on Sunday.
On Tuesday night, Cape Town recorded a turnout of 49, 144 people watching the game at a Fan Fest, the highest for the Mother City so far.