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Pretoria Stadium not yet ready

A worker at the Loftus Versfeld stadium
The Loftus Versfeld stadium will host Confederations and World Cup games

Pretoria's Loftus Versfeld stadium will not host a league match this Saturday as initially planned.

Officials had said that the venue was ready and had become the first of South Africa's 10 World Cup venues to be completed ahead of next year's finals.

But Saturday's South African premier league match between Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows will now take place at Olympia Park in Rustenburg.

The Pretoria venue is one of four to be used in June's Confederations Cup.

A miscommunication between officials led to the venue being given the green light to be used, but some minor renovations are yet to be completed.

It is unclear as to when the Loftus Versfeld stadium will be ready for its first official match.

Its capacity is being increased from 45,000 to 50,000 and a new roof is being fitted on one of its main stands.

The other three grounds - in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Rustenburg - were due to be ready last year but are still weeks away from completion.

The six other 2010 World Cup venues are due to be completed by the end of this year.

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