Nematandani lauds stadiums

SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani has congratulated Polokwane and Cape Town for delivering on their promise of building world-class stadiums for the 2010 World Cup.

SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani has congratulated Polokwane and Cape Town for delivering on their promise of building world-class stadiums for the 2010 World Cup.

His comments came after successful matches were staged at the Peter Mokaba Sports Complex and Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, marking the official opening of the venues.

Polokwane hosted the Mokaba Cup, featuring SuperSport United, Kaizer Chiefs, Bidvest Wits and Danish giants Brondby FC.

Amakhosi won the tournament after beating United 4-2 in the final. In the Mother City, Santos beat Ajax Cape Town 6-2 on penalties to win the Cape Town Soccer Festival.

Nematandani said: "The fact that the two facilities passed the first readiness test without problems is a sign that all our facilities will be ready for use. With the exception of Soccer City and Mbombela Stadium, we have tested all the facilities. The technical committee of the LOC is working with municipalities to improve on the challenges raised during the games.

"We always have a post-mortem in all the host cities after the test matches and this helps us to see where we went wrong. But we are happy with the successes of these tournaments."

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