The pitch at Nelspruit’s newly-built World Cup stadium has had to be re-laid at a cost of some R5-million because of insufficient drainage, officials said on Tuesday.
The changes had been ordered after a FIFA inspection in November. A rainy spell in Nelspruit had left the new ground waterlogged.
The installation of a new pitch is to be completed by the end of the week, said the city’s World Cup co-ordinator Differ Mogale, according to Kickoff.com.
Plans to open the 46,000-seater Mbombela Stadium with match with a friendly between Ghana and Bosnia-Herzegovina on March 3 are still going ahead, he added.
“The pitch will be ready to play by the end of February,” Mogale said.