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Meet deadlines or you're out - Khoza

By unknown | May 07, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Irvin Khoza, the 2010 World Cup Organising Committee chairman, yesterday warned the Confederations Cup host cities to comply with deadlines or face the chop.

At the same time Khoza also announced that the new stadium in Port Elizabeth would still be part of the tournament from June 14 to 28.

There have been serious concerns over the past three months from Fifa and the LOC that the construction of the new stadium was moving at a snail's pace.

That resulted in the world governing soccer body giving the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality a deadline of April 30 to speed up the process.

Khoza pulled no punches when he said the LOC would not compromise South Africa's good name if any of the five host cities failed to meet their deadlines.

There were huge celebrations among the Eastern Cape delegation, which included sports and recreation MEC Noxolo Abrahams-Ntatiso, when Khoza finally announced that all five host cities were still part of the Confederations Cup.

"There will be strict monitoring by the (LOC) organising committee's technical committee, National Treasury, Public Works and the Department of Sport and Recreation," he said.

"Port Elizabeth is a unique case, that is why we have been patient with them. It is the only new stadium that will be part of the Confederations Cup.

"We are happy that Port Elizabeth has accelerated construction of the stadium, which gives us comfort. We have strict conditions for the five stadia, not only Port Elizabeth.

"If any of the five stadiums, fail to comply between now and the deadlines they are out."

Khoza said the other four - Ellis Park, Loftus, Royal Bafokeng and Bloemfontein - have until December to complete their renovations.

Port Elizabeth will deliver their stadium in March.

Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke said the cheapest ticket would cost US$10 - but all other tickets would be sold in rands.


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