Fundraising to get the ''next generation of superstars'' to
Dunedin for the Fifa Under-20 World Cup continues but the
council controls the bid, Football South says.
Football South chairman Dougal McGowan said he expected an
update on a possible Fifa Under-20 World Cup bid from Dunedin
City Council chief executive Paul Orders later this week.
Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie was
supporting the Football South trust collecting private and
corporate donations, Mr McGowan said.
Football South was ''working through'' how much money was
left in a 1999 Fifa Under-17 World Cup trust that could be
transferred to the 2015 Under-20 bid, Mr McGowan said.
Queenstown businessman Sir Eion Edgar had pledged $5000
annually to the trust for three years and was one of many to
give money to the trust, but other donors would remain
unnamed for now, he said.
''They've asked not to be named at this stage; it's early. We
haven't even confirmed if we are going to have a bid yet.''
The council controlled the bid but a ''category three'' bid
for five or six games, including a quarterfinal, could be
possible. The trust had up to $70,000 of funds, he said.
''That's why we have formed this group, so we are ready to go
"in case of a ''green light''.
The football community was hopeful of a bid that would bring
the ''next generation of superstars'' to Dunedin.
''Wouldn't it be fantastic if Argentina or England played
here. Some of those great footballing nations coming out here
to play on our turf and [people could] watch them for a week
at Logan Park training. [It would be] just outstanding,
wouldn't it?'' Mr McGowan said.
Dunedin City Council communications and marketing manager
Graham McKerracher said the Fifa bid would go before the
council on Monday. The meeting would be closed to the public.