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.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.