Socceroos to train at Milpark

AUSTRALIA's Socceroos have started in earnest with their preparations for the 2010 World Cup by identifying their base and training facility in Johannesburg.

AUSTRALIA's Socceroos have started in earnest with their preparations for the 2010 World Cup by identifying their base and training facility in Johannesburg.

Ben Buckley, Football Federation Australia's chief executive, said Australia will be using Milpark Stadium for their training sessions. The Socceroos will be based at the posh Westcliff Hotel.

Buckley and other top brass from the Australian government and federation are here to promote their bid for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals.

They have been holding meetings with the South African government, the Local Organising Committee and business to work together in their bidding campaign.

"It's great for us that the Socceroos have qualified," Buckley said. "We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the Confederations Cup: it proved critics [who doubted South Africa's ability to host major events] to be wrong.

Buckley said Australia were highly impressed by the facilities teams will use during the 2010 World Cup.

He also praised Stan Whiting, chief executive of Bidvest Wits, for agreeing to make Milpark Stadium available to the Socceroos.

Other countries that have qualified for 2010 include North Korea, Japan, South Korea and Netherlands.

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