Aussie boxing hero Jeff Fenech has urged his football association to do whatever it takes to host a FIFA World Cup – and the boxing legend said Australia can unite behind this historic bid.
Speaking exclusively with au.fourfourtwo.com, the Aussie boxing great said hosting either the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup was about bringing the nation together – not dividing it.
And the one-time world champion and football fan has implored Frank Lowy’s team to stay focused over the next 12 months as they fight to host the biggest sporting event on the planet.
“Do whatever you can to get it here, and we’ll surprise the world,” was Fenech’s message to Lowy and his team today.
Fenech added: “100 per cent – it’s time that we came together as a nation. We come together when something bad happens to our nation, let’s come together when something great’s going to happen.”
Fenech – a 2002 inductee into boxing’s International Hall of Fame and a three-time World Champion in three or more weight divisions – added that the World Cup was important in providing positive role models for the next generation of Aussie kids.
“Any great sporting event that can help our country and teach kids to play sport rather than sitting in front of computers is great for our country,” he said.
“They said Tim Cahill was too small but look at what he’s done – we need heroes. He’s one of those heroes. Tim’s a good friend of mine.”
Fenech’s point was echoed last week by Rugby League star Brett Kimmorley. The former Melbourne Storm Premiership player and now the Bulldogs has urged competing codes to set aside their “egos” and come up with a solution to fit in a FIFA World Cup.