Soweto, Thursday Danny Jordaan, the man who spearheaded the 2010 World Cup, believes the tournament put an end to \u201cAfro-pessimism\u201d and helped transform the African continent from \u201chopeless to hopeful\u201d. Ten years after the event, Jordaan told AFP the World Cup put sceptics firmly in their place and sparked a boom for Africa. In 2004, when then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced South Africa would be the 2010 host, it had already been a century since the governing body was formed. \u201cIt took 100 years... and the reason for that is a doubt that had been created around Africans and the African continent that they don\u2019t have the capacity and they will never deliver the infrastructure,\u201d Jordaan said. \u201cThis is something that we have to contend with - Afro-pessimism.\u201d After it won the bid, the country embarked on a six-year journey to deliver the required infrastructure including rail, rapid-transport systems, roads and freeways, as well as upgrading broadcast and telecommunication systems. That came at a 33-billion rand ($1.9 billion) price tag. \u201cAfter 2010, Africa became a destination for tourism, for investment for trade,\u201d Jordaan said. \u201cThe environment has changed from a hopeless continent to a hopeful continent, a continent of the future and now, no one can ignore the African continent.\u201d He added: \u201cThere is no contradiction between being African and being world class. \u201cIt is again, the Afro-pessimism. We are not going to allow them to put their knees on our necks,\u201d he said metaphorically referring to George Floyd, the African-American man whose death at the hands of a white policeman in Minneapolis has sparked worldwide protests. - Mandela\u2019s appearance - Jordaan, who was head of the 2010 organising committee and is now the president of the South African Football Association (SAFA), hailed the tournament\u2019s legacy. \u201cThe infrastructure legacy together with 25 new hotels, which have been built, places this country with some of the best infrastructure on the continent,\u201d said Jordaan at his office at SAFA house, situated at the FNB stadium on the fringes of the Soweto township.