The 2010 FIFA World Cup to be held in South Africa will be the country’s “defining moment”, a top official has said.

With just 50 days left before the soccer extravaganza kicks off, preparations are on in full swing, said Danny Jordaan, chief executive officer of the local organising committee.

“In just 50 days time, we begin what I believe will be one of our most important defining moments, the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This defining moment will last a full month, a moment where the attention of the world will be nowhere but right here in South Africa,” Jordaan was quoted as saying by BuaNews Wednesday.

“I call on all South Africans to get involved in the World Cup because this is our tournament. We must remember that a huge part of the success of the World Cup relies on how all South Africans host the world this year. It is up to every one of us to make sure that we show all the visitors and the global television audience the warmth, friendship and unity of South Africa,” he said.

President Jacob Zuma has LAO called on all South Africans to rally behind the national soccer team, popularly known by its nickname Bafana Bafana.

Bafana Bafana has been drawn in a tough group that includes Mexico and 1998 champions France but the national team will go beyond the first round of the tournament, Zuma said.

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