South Africa's 2010 Fifa World Cup put to rest, once and for all, the idea that Africa is incapable of hosting world-class events of this magnitude. Fifa gave the country a near-perfect 9 out of 10 for the show it put on here are just some of the reasons why:As Fifa president Sepp Blatter gave South Africa a near-perfect 9 out of 10 for its hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, analysts said the spin-offs of improved perceptions abroad could have a long-lasting impact not only on South Africa and its development but on the continent as a whole.South Africa's FNB Stadium, previously known as Soccer City, was a major hit with the fans during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. It's also been racking up the design and construction awards, most recently being named the overall winner at the prestigious international Leaf Awards.2010 was a good year for Bafana Bafana, and it ended on a high, with news that South Africa was up to 50th in football's latest world rankings, and that Siphiwe Tshabalala's blistering opening goal of the 2010 World Cup was among 10 nominees for Fifa's goal of the year.The aftermath of hosting what has been hailed by one and all as a successful 2010 Fifa World Cup will no doubt leave South Africans with a massive hangover. However, the tournament has given them a new sense of pride, confidence and optimism, and opened a new chapter not only for the hosts but for the African continent.South Africa's "Surf City" was the place to be on Friday as fans streamed in by the thousands for one of the most anticipated matches of the 2010 Fifa World Cup group stages, Brazil versus Portugal. While the match itself did not live up to the hype, the city of Durban certainly did."There is not a single part of this World Cup where we have not been able to go beyond the level of past World Cups," Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke said at the halfway mark of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. "South Africa will become the 'plan B' of any future World Cup."South Africa is set to reap lasting tourism rewards from the 2010 Fifa World Cup, with visitors pouring into the country in numbers, from new as well as traditional markets, and responding to the country's offerings and the energy and warmth of its people with surprise and delight.As the 2010 Fifa World Cup approaches the half-way mark, initial glitches have been ironed out and the competition is progressing magnificently, says Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan, adding that interest will only increase as the tournament progresses.Fifa Fan Fests, organised at 16 venues around the world, played host to more than a million supporters during the first six days of the biggest sporting party in the world with maximum capacity reached in almost every venue each time the respective national team played.The world's attention is focused on the southern tip of Africa as the greatest football showpiece plays itself out on the fields and in the streets of South Africa. But once the final whistle has blown on 11 July, it seems as though a lot of happy fans will be coming back to the country.After six years of sustained hard work and intense global scrutiny of their ability to deliver, South Africa's nine host cities have produced 10 World Cup stadiums matching and exceeding international standards which will soon be known to television viewers the world over.