Talks are continuing that could yet see Dunedin secure a
slice of the 2015 Fifa Under-20 World Cup.
Dunedin city councillors debated the bid again during a
marathon three-hour session held behind closed doors at the
end of the public part of the full council meeting yesterday.
The ODT understands there were signs of progress at the
meeting that could yet result in a deal for some games to be
played in the city.
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said when contacted he could not
comment yet, but ''suffice to say discussions might still be
Football South chairman Dougal McGowan could not be contacted
yesterday, but general manager Bill Chisholm expected efforts
to secure tournament matches would still require some form of
support from the council.
It was confirmed last month the council had abandoned its
official bid, amid concerns the cost of hosting matches would
outweigh any economic benefits arising from the tournament.
However, Fifa officials were still considering whether to
stage matches at the city's stadium, which had been offered
for use at ''no or minimal cost'' to the council, Mr Cull
said at the time.