Newsdesk - Warsaw Stadium Debut in Doubt; Sao Paulo Stadium Strike Ends
February 15, 2012
Warsaw National Stadium enjoyed an official opening ceremony Jan. 29. (Getty Images)
Warsaw Stadium Debut in Doubt
Ongoing troubles at Warsaw’s new National Stadium could derail plans for its first-ever fixture ahead of Euro 2012.
A Feb. 29 friendly against Portugal is in doubt because of the stadium manager stepping down Tuesday as well as continued friction between Poland's newly appointed sports minister and its football association, according to a Reuters report.
National team coach Franciszek Smuda suggested Wednesday the match will definitely take place but not necessarily in the capital.
"We will play in Wroclaw, but I would prefer to play in Warsaw, finally," he said when asked about a contingency plan.
Warsaw National Stadium is scheduled to stage five matches during Euro 2012, including the June 8 opener and a semifinal.
2010 World Cup Chair Joins CAN 2013 Board
South Africa’s chair of the 2010 FIFA World Cup local organising committee is the latest LOC board member for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Irvin Khoza during South Africa 2010. (Getty Images)
Irvin Khoza, also chairman of South Africa’s premier league, is charged with leading government and stakeholder relations, according to a Sowetan LIVE report.
“We have the LOC up and running to prepare for the tournament," South African Football Association deputy president Mandla Mazibuko was quoted by the website.
"We want to deliver another successful tournament that people will talk about for a very long time, hence we will be working together with all stakeholders."
Mazibuko also revealed that seven cities are showing interest in staging matches next year. Polokwane and Rustenburg, both 2010 hosts, are hoping to reprise their roles when CAN 2013, originally scheduled for Libya but later moved by CAF to South Africa, comes to town.
Sao Paulo Stadium Strike Ends
World Cup stadium construction is back on in Sao Paulo following resolution of a two-day strike.
Workers returned to the site Tuesday after accepting a proposal from contractors for payment of delayed salaries, according to an Associated Press report.
Four other stadiums due to host matches in 2014 have also suffered work stoppages in the past, including the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, venue for the World Cup final.
By INSIDER's Matthew Grayson
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