Archive for May, 2007

New guest blogger!

May 31, 2007

Those of you in the footballing know will be excited to hear that the legendary Dave ‘Hollow Leg’ Ambuscade has agreed to be an occasional guest blogger.

 Watch this space!


West Indies back-up plan for 2010?

May 24, 2007

In light of some of the comments that have been attributed to Sepp Blatter over the last 6 months, it wouldn’t surprise me to see this pop up in the ‘Latest News’ section of our website ( – courtesy of our Google news feed.  Mr Blatter was initially quite right to chivvy along the Local Organising Committee at the end of last year, commenting at one press conference that “There are some shovels and spades left over in Germany from the 2006 that could be given to South Africa to help them get a move on with their stadia”, or something along those lines.  Since then, the FIFA World Cup people have regularly been reviewing construction and other progress for 2010, and announced themselves as being happy that all was on schedule.  So why does Mr Blether keep blurting out that things like “Plan A is South Africa, Plan B is South Africa, Plan C could be [insert any country name] should SA not deliver in time”.  Australia, Germany, USA, Spain, UK, etc have all been bandied around as ‘back-up plans’, but why not the West Indies?  After all they’ve got a whole host of brand spanking new stadia from the 2007 Cricket World Cup.  They were hardly used during that event, and aren’t likely to be over-used in the interim, so they’ll still have that ‘new’ feeling come 2010!

So, Sepp, if you can’t relay the simple message from your own FIFA technical team that “everything is on schedule”, its best you don’t say anything at all.

Durban 2010 Stadium on track

May 6, 2007

One of the local Durban newspapers ran an interesting article the other day regarding construction progress at the new ‘Moses Madhiba Stadium’, currently being built on the site of the old Kings Park soccer stadium. The main gist of the piece was that the construction progress is pretty much on schedule and expected to be complete as planned in 2009.  I drive past the site every day on my way to and from work, and it is certainly a hive of activity. All the piling and diaphragm walling is complete, as are the two anchors for the main roof arch.  Here are a couple of pictures that I took whilst at the Sharks Super 14 rugby game on Saturday (the Sharks ground is opposite the new stadium site). 

Durban New Stadium Construction 1 May 07Durban New Stadium Construction 1 May 07

I also stumbled across a document entitled ‘Portfolio Committee on Sport & Recreation 23rd January 2007 – Presentation by Ms Julie-May Ellingson (Head: Strategic Projects Unit & 2010 Programme)’ on the local municipality’s website.  As well as an update on progress to date for the Durban 2010 stadium, it includes some other insights into infrastructure improvements that will form part of the 2010 preparations.  It has some great artist impressions of what the new stadium will look like. 

New Durban Stadium - View 1Durban Stadium View 2Durban Stadium View 3

An interesting fact to emerge from the document is the cost per seat for the new stadium.  Based on ‘Franklin and Andrews’ benchmarking figures, the typical cost of a 70000 seat stadium is GBP 210m, or GBP 3000/seat.  The cost for the Durban stadium is GBP 182m, or GBP 2600/seat.  This looks like a good deal when you consider the iconic status of the under-construction stadium.

You can see the full document here.

This Blog

May 5, 2007

This blog is all about the 2010 FIFA World Cup to be held in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July.  The event itself is obviously a long time away, but that’s not to say that there aren’t lots of things to muse over before then.  The big question thats always raised in the media, of course, is can such a big event be hosted by an African country?  Will they be ready on time?  Can the organisation match that of the 2006 event in Germany? 

One of the main aims of this blog is therefore to give some insight into what’s happening in South Africa during the countdown to 2010. I live in Durban which will host the qualifying competition draw on 23 November 2007, as well as six first-round matches, one second-round, and one semifinal match, so alot of my focus will be on whats happening here.

I’d also like to have some guest bloggers giving some stories on what is happening in their countries in the build up to 2010.

Finally, check out our main website at, where you’ll find information on South Africa, the host cities, latest news, and any other stuff we feel like adding in.