2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Mascot Unveiled today

September 23, 2008 | Filed Under: Blog 
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The FIFA 2010 mascot is seen during a launch. (Reuters Photo)
JOHANNESBURG: The official mascot of the 2010 World Cup was unveiled in Johannesburg – a green-haired leopard named Zakumi – FIFA announced at a television gala broadcast nationwide.

Zakumi – the ZA stands for South Africa while kumi means ten in assorted African languages – has been exclusively designed in the host country which will stage the continent’s first ever World Cup in 21 month’s time.FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke explained the choice.

“Zakumi represents the people, geography and spirit of South Africa, personifying in essence the 2010 FIFA World Cup. We are certain we will have a lot of fun with him in the lead-up to and during the FIFA Confederations Cup and the FIFA World Cup,” Valcke said on Monday.

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