mochudi chiefs star in launch

SOUTH Africa is delivering on its promise of making the 2010 World Cup an African tournament with the people of North West reaching out to their neighbours in Botswana.

SOUTH Africa is delivering on its promise of making the 2010 World Cup an African tournament with the people of North West reaching out to their neighbours in Botswana.

Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Tribal Council has invited Botswana soccer giants Mochudi Centre Chiefs to play against Platinum Stars at the opening of the new Moruleng Stadium.

Moruleng is a village about 10km from Sun City in Rustenburg.

The 20000-seater stadium, which was built last year by Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela at a cost of R170million, will be opened on September 26.

Moruleng Stadium was one of the training venues during the 2009 Confederations Cup and will be used for the same purpose next year.

The stadium was highly commended by the "All Whites" from New Zealand, who used it as their training ground.

Representatives from the North West provincial government, the Local Organising Committee, soccer and business will also attend the ceremony.

Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela media officer Solly Kgarimetsa said they were excited that Chiefs have agreed to be part of this historic occasion.

"We were busy with the final touches in the last few weeks. The stadium is now ready. We had to sort out a few things that were brought to our attention by Fifa," he said.

"The stadium will definitely not be a white elephant after the 2010 World Cup because we are developing a team that we hope will end up in the professional ranks. It's an Under-15 side."

Jacob Tshisevhe, the former Bafana Bafana defender, is one of the coaches. He is working closely with Goodman Cumming, head of the project.

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