Monday, December 08, 2008

Ellis Park set for Confed Cup test

Ellis Park, the Johannesburg fortress more accustomed to seeing British rugby teams humbled than football posts, is all set to host the final of next year's Confederation Cup, likely to be played between Brazil and Italy.
The first full day of my visit saw a visit to Ellis Park and several briefings from South African officials working like crazy for the country to be the first African nation to host the world's biggest sporting event. It's going to be tough. While there's plenty of wealth in South Africa, there's also loads of poverty and crime which will make it a real test. The last trophy in Germany was the final word in Teutonic efficiency. South Africa can't possibly live up to that, but it could make up with the enthusiasm of millions of football-mad people.

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