SO FAR SO GOOD

RAZZMATAZZ: The opening ceremony before the match between Bafana Bafana and Mexico at Soccer City in Joburg. Pic.Simphiwe Nkwali. 11/06/2010. © Sowetan.
RAZZMATAZZ: The opening ceremony before the match between Bafana Bafana and Mexico at Soccer City in Joburg. Pic.Simphiwe Nkwali. 11/06/2010. © Sowetan.

SOCCER'S governing body, Fifa, is pleased with the progress of the World Cup so far - but says it's too early to give it an all-round thumbs up.

SOCCER'S governing body, Fifa, is pleased with the progress of the World Cup so far - but says it's too early to give it an all-round thumbs up.

"So far we are quite happy... but it's a bit early to draw conclusions. There have only been eight out 64 games," Fifa spokesperson Nicolas Maingot told a press conference at Soccer City Stadium in Joburg yesterday.

He said the kickoff concert was a first for Fifa, but was a resounding success and a very good start to the event.

He said there was a fantastic atmosphere at all the games and fans were generally well-behaved.

Yesterday a sea of orange descended on the stadium when Dutch fans arrived for their country's match against Denmark at 1.30pm.

The City of Tshwane also said it was confident that fans attending World Cup matches at Loftus Versfeld Stadium would experience a hassle-free park-and-ride and park-and-walk system.

There are two park-and-ride facilities and one park-and-walk.

Municipal spokesperson Julie Wells said a park-and-ride by train would operate from the Pretoria station, with fans parking at Salvokop and proceeding to the Loftus Versfeld precinct.

Those who chose to drive to the stadium, or get there by private coach or other road transport, had to use the park-and-ride or park-and-walk facilities.

All park-and-ride sites would be opened four hours before kickoff until two hours after the end of games.

"Both the parking and the shuttles at the park-and-rides are free. Fans must simply bring their match tickets," Wells said.

She said the eastern park-and-ride was at the University of Pretoria sport campus (LC de Villiers). The southern park-and-ride was at the Pretoria Union in Groenkloof, close to the R21 from OR Tambo International Airport.

The western park-and-walk was at the Pretoria Technical High sport fields in Arcadia, near the Union Buildings.

Loftus has already hosted its first World Cup match with Ghana's Black Stars beating Serbia 1-0 on Sunday night.

The match was played in front of nearly 40000 spectators. - Sapa

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