South Africa passed the first big test of its ability to stage the continent's first World Cup finals with a successful preliminary draw that gets the campaign to reach the 2010 finals off in earnest. South Africa will be thankful they do not have to qualify as hosts. The African part of the draw doubles as a qualifying competition for the 2010 African Nations Cup.
South Africa is seeking a change in World Cup rules to allow visiting teams to be based in neighbouring countries like Mozambique and Swaziland during the 2010 finals. Danny Jordaan, chief executive of the South African organising committee, told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday that other African countries should be involved as much as possible.