PE Stadium 'not in danger' of being scratched


Tumi Makgabo, spokesperson for South Africa’s World Cup Local Organising Committee (SALOC), said the Port Elizabeth stadium is on schedule.

“This venue is being built from scratch in 24 months, I’m confident the proof will be in the pudding,” Makgabo said.

World football's governing body Fifa has set a deadline of 29 April for the 48,000 semi-final venue to be ready.

But there is no danger of the stadium being scratched from the list of 10 stadiums set to host the World Cup according to Makgabo who says the stadium’s progress is not causing organisers sleepless nights.

What often happens with an event of this magnitude is people get excited about things which potentially could go wrong

The LOC and Fifa will make a final decision whether the stadium remains as one of the five venues to host the Confederations Cup - the traditional preparation tournament held by the World Cup's hosts - at their next meeting on April 26.