Eastern Cape gets new artificial pitch

The sod-turning ceremony of the second artificial pitch funded by First National Bank will take place in Eastern Cape on Monday.

The sod-turning ceremony of the second artificial pitch funded by First National Bank will take place in Eastern Cape on Monday.

Organisers have invited Danny Jordaan, the 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee chief executive, as one of the key speakers.

Soccer legends like Phil "Chippa" Masinga, Mark Fish, Doctor Khumalo and Kalusha Bwalya will also conduct coaching clinics for the local school children.

Representatives of Safa, including national executive committee member for Eastern Cape, Eddie du Plooy, and MEC for sports and recreation Noxolo Abraham-Ntantiso will also be there.

The first artificial pitch was opened in Pietermaritzburg last month where Majimbos went down 2-1 to Zimbabwe in an international friendly as part of the celebrations.

The giant banking institution has decided to fund the construction of artificial pitches throughout the country as part of the 2010 World Cup legacy projects.

Next Saturday, Jordaan has been invited to deliver a keynote address at the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee annual general meeting.

Sascoc wants Jordaan to give the member federations an update on the preparations for the 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2010 World Cup.

On July 21, Jordaan will attend the Black Management Circle where he will have an interactive session with 35 black managers on the World Cup.

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