The initial edition of the FAN World Cup™ was endorsed by FIFA, SAFA, SA Tourism and sponsored by Gauteng Tourism
The FAN World Cup was voted one of the Top 50 Most Innovative Sports Startups by the Hype Foundation, a leading Sports Awards Agency for the FIFA World Cup™ and the UEFA Champions League
The FAN World Cup was selected to join the SAP Startup Accelerator and build the digital platform on the SAP HANA System
The FAN World Cup received the Most Impactful Nationbuilding Initiative at the 2010 FIFA World Cup’ from the Department of Sports & Recreation
The FAN World Cup was selected as a National Finalist in the Get In The Ring Global Startup Challenge
In the run-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Dr Nik was commissioned by SAFA to set up the official Bafana Fan Club for South Africa and got almost one million official Bafana supporters to pledge their allegiance online
On behalf of the South African Football Association, we produced the TV documentary “Miracle of Mzansi” (screened on SuperSport 3, May 24-28, 2010), showcasing Bafana’s Road to Glory in the run-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™
The Ministry of Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) is excited to contribute to the sterling work of Dr Nik in his book titled “Nation of Champions” – “How Team SA won the World Cup of Destination Branding”.
To us this book is an honest reflection of the activities before, during and even after the vivacious event. It allows our nation and the democratic state to reflect on the road traversed and thereafter taste the fruits of their labour; achieved through a demonstrated ‘effective and efficient collaboration and co-operation of various stakeholders from the private sector, government and international rganizations to stage a world class act’.
This book, in our view, is a comprehensive evaluative account of the 2010 Soccer World Cup coupled with strategic proposals to the Executive of the Republic on both the obligations and nesponsibilities in line with all the guarantees signed and sealed by the developmental state.
It provides the reader with a bird’s eye view of the mammoth task in organising a megaevent that contributed to changing perceptions of people in South Africa and internationally, the challenges encountered and lifelong legacies that can be enjoyed for generations to come.
It also captures lessons learned in the process of biding for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the 2006 World Cup in Germany and the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa.
It will also provide the nation with opportunities and gains presented by the hosting of the FIFA World Cup in the country.