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Pictures from Germany vs Australia in Durban

June 14, 2010
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New Walkway to Moses Mabhida Stadium

May 3, 2010

Here are some pictures from an early morning walk that we did from the SunCoast Casino near Battery beach to the new stadium.

Official Opening of Moses Mabhida Stadium

October 23, 2009

The official opening of the new Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban has been set for 28 November 2009. In the months following the opening there will be numerous PSL matches, concerts (including the ex-Watford Chairman, Reg Dwight – or Elton John as he likes to be called) and other events held at the stadium, so the facilities should be well broken-in by the time the big event comes around.

There is alot of great information about the stadium and surrounds at the official Durban 2010 website

SA’s first artificial soccer pitch unveiled

September 16, 2008

Following on from an earlier blog post about artificial pictures, here is an article about one of the many new pitches to be rolled in the lead up to 2010.

South Africa’s first artificial soccer pitch was unveiled on Sunday as South Africa’s under 17 team took on their Zimbabwean counterparts in a thrilling international friendly.  Situated in the township of Edendale in Msunduzi, Pietermaritzburg, the FNB Wadley Stadium is the first in a number of artificial pitches being constructed by FNB in partnership with municipalities around the country.

The artificial pitches will be located primarily in non-host cities with the aim of ensuring that as many communities as possible benefit from South Africa hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Speaking at the unveiling of the pitch shortly before kick-off, FNB Chairman Sizwe Nxasana said: “The benefits and pleasure to be derived from the 2010 FIFA World Cup should be shared among the ‘have-nots’ as well as the ‘haves’, among communities in places such as Umtata and Kimberly where we are going to roll out more artificial pitches.”

“To us in Pietermaritzburg, the FNB Wadley Stadium is what Orlando Stadium is to the people of Soweto,” said Msunduzi Mayor Zanele Hlatshwayo. “We are very proud that the people of Pietermaritzburg will experience the benefits of FIFA World Cup long before kick-off on 11 June 2010.”

Tim Modise of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising said his organization was delighted with the opening of the FNB Wadley Stadium as it was part of their objective to see the 2010 FIFA World Cup leave a lasting legacy.

Despite South Africa’s 2 – 1 loss against Zimbabwe, players from both teams had nothing but praise for the artificial turf.

“It was very slippery because of the rain but I’d rather play on it that on a normal grass field,” said Ajax Cape Town defender Jermaine Bowers.

“It’s flat and even and when you pass the ball it seems much quicker. I prefer it that way,” he explained.

South Africa-born Zimbabwean striker Matthew Rusike concurred with the defender,”It’s a very nice surface and it helped both sides to play a flowing game. If you make a crap pass it’s not because the pitch is bumpy, it’s because you did it,” he joked.

“This field is level and flat and definitely gives players the advantage to play carpet football,” he said. “I really enjoyed it and would like to play on this kind of surface again.”

Source : http://www.sagoodnews.co.za/countdown_to_2010/sas_first_artificial_soccer_pitch_unveiled.html

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 www.satwentyten.com, where you’ll find information on South Africa, the host cities, latest news, and any other stuff we feel like adding in.