Bafana use Wits grounds

SAFA has finally named Wits University's Sturrock Park as the official Bafana Bafana training venue for the duration of the 2010 World Cup.

SAFA has finally named Wits University's Sturrock Park as the official Bafana Bafana training venue for the duration of the 2010 World Cup.

CEO Lesley Sedibe confirmed this at a briefing yesterday, where he also denied reports that Bafana Bafana team manager Sipho Nkumane was on his way out.

Having delivered the long-awaited news on the venue, Sedibe set about rubbishing reports that he had suspended the long-serving Nkumane and forbidden him from travelling with the team to Brazil and Germany on their overseas camps.

Nkumane's deputy Gugu Marawa has been appointed acting team manager, and is in Rio de Janeiro, where Bafana are in camp.

"As the CEO, the buck stops with me and when I see things go wrong I cannot fold my arms and do nothing. I therefore will not tolerate people disappearing without doing their work. I asked the team manager to clear his desk before he boards a plane anywhere. I will not allow situations such as the embarrassing one we find ourselves in over the (training) ground, to take place," he said.

"Mr Nkumane is still very much a part of the team, he has not been suspended."

Sturrock Park is the training ground used by Absa Premiership team Bidvest Wits. Before the start of the tournament, Bafana will train at nearby Milpark Stadium.

"The (Sturrock Park) stadium needs renovation to meet the standards and quality that Fifa insist on. Work on that has already started, and the venue will be ready by the end of May," said Sedibe.

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