It's not as I expected. Although coming into the 2010 FIA World Cup Spain were in my opinion the team to beat, Germany had really come into full flight with 4 goals against Australia, England and Argentina. So the repeat of the 1974 final is not to be and we will crown a NEW WORLD CHAMPION at Soccer City on Sunday.
The second semi-final wasn't much to write home about and I watched it in my small guest house on Gaborone, Botswana. Earlier in the day I had paid a visit to the BFA headquarters (Botswana FA) at their FIFA GOAL project headquarters next to the National Stadium. The stadium is really nice with 22.000 plastic backed seats in the national colours of royal and light blue, and the turf looked in good shape with the sprinklers on. www.bfa.co.bw. I met with the charming Susan Monametsi, the Finance Officer, in her office and introduced her to www.footiemap.com. She showed me a photo of David Beckham on her phone.
However, there are problems with contracters and the stadium has been closed for a long time. A year ago New Zealand flew in for 10 days of training prior to the CONFEDERATIONS CUP, and left less than 48 hours after arriving, due to poor quality training pitches and nowhere to play a friendly against Botswana. Brazil came and went prior to this World Cup and finished up playing in Zimbabwe in a refurbished stadium. Meanwhile there is a parliamentary enquiry as to why no teams, fans or matches were here in the weeks prior to Africa's First World Cup.
Botwana's national team the Zebras, have already started their campaign in Group K for the next African Cup of Nations. They suprised the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia away from home 1-0 and lead the group of five after Chad tied Togo 2-2. This Friday afternoon at 3.00pm they have to host Chad at the University of Botswana stadium, a few hundred yards from the national stadium. It does not have sufficient wattage for an evening match under CAF and FIFA standards, and the local fans who have to work at that time, and the press, are pretty angry.
There was a recent Coca-Cola Final at UB stadium that was way oversold and their is a court case about to start about that and who printed too many tickets. It was between Township Rollers and Mochudi Centre Chiefs . Stanley Tshosme the Zebras national coach is hoping that at least the small stadium will be full on a Friday afternoon, with most tickets on sale at P 30 about $4.00US.