Football’s world governing body FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) on Monday kick-started the sixth inspection for the preparations for the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2009, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The inspection tour started at the Ellis Park stadium, in Johannesburg, and comes on the back of the preliminary draw for the event in Durban late last year.

The first two FIFA inspections were to pick the host cities in 2006, and last year, the governing body visited three stadiums.

The LOC has declared 2008 as the year of delivery of the infrastructure for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Inspection team head Dennis Mumble told journalists at a media conference that this was a regular scheduled inspection that would focus on the Confederations Cup venues.

“We will visit four of the five venues for the Confederations Cup to get a sense of progress and we are confident that we are on track with the preparations,” declared Mumble.

City of Johannesburg 2010 executive director Sibongile Mazibuko said that the construction of the Ellis Park precinct was “taking shape”.

The Ellis Park precinct will receive a multimillion-rand upgrade over the next five years. The general area around the precinct is also set to benefit from a R2-billion upgrade.

After the Ellis Park stadium, the inspection team will visit Tshwane’s Loftus stadium and will then proceed to Rustenburg’s Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Tuesday, Polokwane’s Peter Mokaba stadium on Wednesday, Nelspruit’s Mbombela stadium on Thursday and then conclude the tour at Mangaung’s Free State stadium on Friday.

PUBLICATION: Engineering News
AUTHOR: Dennis Ndaba
DATED: 18th February 2008