Hayatou with South African president Jacob Zuma and Fifa’s Sepp Blatter at a Confederations Cup match last month (Getty Images)

(WFI) Issa Hayatou, president of the Confederation of African Football, says he is pleased with the pace of preparations in Angola for the 2010 African Cup of Nations.

“I am very much convinced that Angola will host a successful tournament. I am also pleased with the level of preparation at the four venues,” said Hayatou.

“Almost everything is done, I believe that in the six months that remain, everything will be ready. We are leaving here with a good impression at all levels,” he was quoted by AFP.

His comments came after a meeting with Angolan Prime Minister António Paulo Kassoma and sports minister Gonçalves Muandumba in the city of Cidade Alta.

Hayatou led a CAF delegation July 3-7 to inspect facilities for the competition being staged next January in the Southern African nation. Confederation officials expressed satisfaction with the level of infrastructure and organizational abilities for the continent’s biannual football showpiece.

Hayatou and his team visited the host cities of Luanda, Huila, Cabinda and Benguela to examine progress on all aspects of preparations including stadium constructions, accommodation, security, transportation and media facilities.

Angola is investing around $1 billion to get ready for the 2010 competition; the four new stadiums are being built from scratch by Chinese companies. He also visited Cabassango Olympic village, in Cabinda Province, which will host a number of teams and officials.

Hayatou praised the Angolan Government for devoting the necessary resources to build the stadia and training grounds for the Jan. 10-31 tournament.

The draw for the tournament is held in the Angolan capital Luanda on Nov. 20.

Written by Mark Bisson

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