forum happy with venues

All reports by Ramatsiyi Moholoa

All reports by Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Fifa and the Local Organising Committee have set up a joint stadiums' forum for the delivery of venues for the 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2010 World Cup on time.

The Fifa South African office and LOC meet every Wednesday.

"We discuss all issues relating to the construction of new stadiums and upgrading of existing ones," said Dennis Mumble, the LOC's chief competitions officer.

Mumble was speaking to Sowetan on Monday for an update on the progress as their preparations have moved well into the operational phase.

"We want to make sure that we do not miss any deadline in terms of the delivery process to host a successful World Cup."

Except for the Nelson Mandela Bay Sports Complex in Port Elizabeth, which is operating on strict deadlines to host the Confederations Cup, Mumble said the construction and upgrading processes was running smoothly in all the host cities.

"We are confident the delivery of new stadiums to us (LOC) will be done on time, the good thing is that the host cities have set themselves early deadlines to complete it.

"The construction of new stadiums will be completed in December this year, everything is also fine with the refurbishment of four existing venues to be used for the Confederations Cup."

Nelson Mandela Bay Sports Complex is the only new facility built from scratch to be used for both the Confederations Cup and the World Cup.

The four refurbished venues that will also be used for the Confederations Cup are Ellis Park (Johannesburg), Royal Bafokeng (Rustenburg), Loftus (Tshwane) and Bloemfontein (Mangaung).

The other new and upgraded venues that will be used for the World Cup are Soccer City (Johannesburg), Peter Mokaba (Polokwane), Green Point (Cape Town) and Mbombela (Nelspruit).

Soccer City, which was partially demolished to enable constructors to build a state of the art facility, will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Cup.

" The focus is on the Confederations Cup where everybody is working hard to meet all the deadlines," said Mumble.