A trust to fund a Dunedin bid for the 2015 Fifa Under-20
World Cup is being filled with corporate donations and leftover
money to bring five pool games and a quarterfinal to Dunedin,
Football South says.
Football South chairman Dougal McGowan said Queenstown
businessman Sir Eion Edgar would give $5000 to the 2015 trust
annually for the next three years.
Up to $10,000 was left in a 1999 Fifa Under-17 World Cup
trust that could be transferred to the 2015 Under-20 bid.
A potential bid of $125,000, to be paid over the next three
years to Fifa, would be enough for Dunedin to make a bid, Mr
The bid would be for five or six games and that could include
''If we can get six games down here, it could be a group that
has England or Argentina, one of those great big playing
Some of the funding was waiting to be signed off by the board
but it was already ''on the way'' to becoming a competitive
''[In] the best-case scenario, I could have $70,000 in the
bank as we sit here speaking.''
He had arranged a meeting tomorrow to find ways that Otago
businesses could contribute to the trust. The stadium and the
Dunedin City Council were working hard to make the event
happen, he said.
''Now, it's my job is to try and come up with the finance.''
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said discussions were continuing
between Fifa and various stakeholders in Dunedin, including
the council, but the talks were confidential and ongoing.
The possibility of the community funding a bid had been
discussed with Fifa, he said.
''We couldn't justify expenditure of ratepayer funding of the
quantum that was indicated but that doesn't mean it couldn't
be found from other sources.''