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January 25, 2010

Thumbs up for Cape Town Stadium

Image of Ronaldo

Cape Town soccer fans are very excited about seeing the likes of Christiano Ronaldo (above), during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which starts in June. Photo courtesy vuhlser.

Fans who attended the first ever soccer match at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, said they were in awe of the majestic R4.5-billion construction, and were very excited to see some of world’s biggest stars play on it in the near future.

Santos beat Ajax Cape Town 6-5 on penalties, after a goalless 90 minutes.

There were no reported problems with the pitch, a big relief considering the quality of matches that the stadium will host in the near future.

During the pool stages of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in June, world-class icons such as Christiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, Wayne Rooney, Ruud van Nistlerooy and possibly even David Beckham will entertain at Cape Town Stadium.

Cape Town will also host a Round of 16 fixture on June 29, as well as a quarter-final on July 3 and a semi-final on July 6, meaning that many more famous names will be added to the list above, giving local and international fans much to be excited about.

“I’d most like to see Kaka [from Brazil] or Lionel Messi [from Argentina],” said Cape Town soccer fan Gideon Tshiabukola.

Leanne Pohlmann, who is co-ordinating Cape Town Tourism’s work for 2010, suggested that most fans would also like to see Fernando Torres from Spain.

The 20 000 fans who attended the opening match at the stadium were amazed by its architecture and colours.

“The stadium is a masterpiece,” said Shawn Mathews.

See the full 2010 fixtures list here.

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