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Soccer City Stadium in Soweto is nearing completion, with the roof wetting ceremony taking place recently...

It's exterior, shaped as a giant calabash, is an awesome visual masterpiece but the interior of the near-completed Soccer City Stadium, where the opening and final games of next year's World Cup will be staged, had onlookers spellbound last week at the roof wetting ceremony.

But sharing in the intrigue of the occasion, which also celebrated one million working hours during construction of the jewel of South African football without any serious injury, was the conspicuous absence of World Cup Local Organising Commitee CEO Danny Jordaan.

According to SuperSport website, Jordaan had shuffled over to Rio De Janeiro to broker a deal between Bafana and Carlos Alberto Parreira and has no returned.

On more solid ground, many of the 3,700 workers who have helped erect the sumptuous World Cup headquarters in less than three years, were present to celebrate their handiwork.

The cost of erecting the stadium thus far exceeds R3,4-billion and is increasing by the day, with the capacity of 94,000 making it the largest in Africa - although attendances will be limited to 89,000 during the World Cup in line with FIFA's security guidelines.

The construction of the 2010 stadiums is coming along well, as preparations for the event begin to fall into place and with only 8 months to go until the opening game takes place in Soccer City, the World Cup fever continues to grow.

Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com

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