A new pitch is being laid after contractors stripped the original surface and dug up the clay surface underneath to allow for proper drainage.
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.