It will take three to five years to see the economic benefits of the World Cup, a Human Sciences Research Council academic says. However, it was too early to tell how great these benefits would be, said Dr Udesh Pillay, head of research on service delivery at the HSRC. He added that the economic benefits of the tournament had been overstated. ’When compared to the economic benefits that government projected three to four years ago, figures have definitely been overstated,’ he said in a report carried by Times. Pillay, who has edited a book about the legacy of the 2010 World Cup, said the tournament’s legacy in social terms provided a very good foundation for SA to address its development challenges as a nation ’in a more, rather than less, unified way’.