FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Friday said he was confident that South Africa would be able to meet its commitments associated with staging the 2010 World Cup.

“Be confident in Africa and in Africans – I know they are capable of doing that which they are called to do,” Blatter said on a visit to Belgrade.

“Things are on schedule, four stadiums are currently under construction and everything will be ready for the Confederations Cup which will be held next year in South Africa,” Blatter said in comments reported by the Beta news agency as he closed a two-day visit to Serbia, the first by a head of world football’s governing body.