Moses Mabhida's time has come

Sunday, June 13, 2010
By: 
Kemantha Govender

Durban - Clear skies have been predicted for the city as the Moses Mabhida Stadium gears up to host its first 2010 FIFA World Cup match between Germany and Australia.

The match will kick-off at 8:30pm and fans are urged to make their way to the stadium earlier if they want to avoid traffic jams.

Julie-May Ellingson, Head of Strategic Projects Unit and 2010 Program, said that "after huge crowds attended the FIFA Fan Fest and Beach Festival and the two PVA's on the opening day, we are expecting to be at capacity on Sunday with Durban's first fixture".

"A lot of work has been put into these events by many people, and the team is continuing to strive to ensure that Durban's fan park celebrations are successful," Ellingson added.

The other two matches that will be screened at the Fan Fest are Algeria vs Slovenia - 1:30pm, and Serbia vs Ghana - 4pm.

Meanwhile, on the pitch, a very young but promising German side will be looking for their sixth consecutive World Cup match opener.

Without their captain Michael Ballack, out due to injury, the 2006 World Cup hosts will look to Bastian Schweinsteiger to work the midfield.

Australia will hope that Everton danger man Tim Cahill, if passed fit, will add to his impressive 20 goals in 40 international games, in order for them to advance to the next round.

The three times World Cup winners are set to take advantage of the Australian defence which hasn't been to convincing in their recent warm-up games.

Germany might just end up with the locals' support as Australia continue to remain one of South Africa's biggest sporting rivals

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