Fifa World Cup Mascot

The official mascot for the 2010 FIFA World Cup is Zakumi (born 16 June 1994 (age 15)), an anthropomorphized leopard with green hair. His name comes from "ZA", the international abbreviation for South Africa, and "kumi", a word that means "ten" in various African languages. The mascot's colours reproduce those of the host nation's playing strip - green and yellow.
The year 1994 marks the first non-racial nationwide elections in South Africa. He will turn 16 in 2010. The Zakumi's official motto is: "Zakumi's game is Fair Play." The slogan was seen in the digital advertisement boards during the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and it will also appear at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

2010 FIFA World Cup Mascot

Zakumi is the official mascot and ambassador for the 2010 soccer World Cup tournament in South Africa. He is a leopard, an African animal with mixed colours which symbolize the continent's human and natural diversity. The mascot will drive the 2010 World Cup's advertising, marketing, communication and awareness campaigns. Zakumi's name comes from the word "Za", the code for South Africa and "kumi", a word that means ten in various African languages. Andries Odendaal from Cape Town formerly created the Zakumi design, while the mascot costume was produced by Cora Simpson of Cora's Costumes cc in Boksburg.
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