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Following the decision of the FIFA Executive Committee not to allow co-hosted tournaments, Tunisia withdrew from the bidding process.
The committee also decided not to consider Libya's solo bid as it no longer met all the stipulations laid down in the official List of Requirements.
As the host nation, South Africa qualified automatically for the tournament.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup was the 19th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams.
It was the first time that the hosts had been eliminated in the first round.