Rand Stadium dumped from 2011 African Youth Championships
Posted: 14 April 2011 Time: 13:52
The Rand Stadium has been dumped as a venue for the 2011 African Youth Championships as organisers seek to cut costs.
The majority of matches will be played at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto, bar two - Mali v Lesotho (April 23) and Nigeria v Gambia (April 24) – which will be played at Milpark. These two games form part of the final round-robin matches, which must kick-off at the same time as the corresponding fixture in the group. Plans to use the Rand Stadium have been scrapped, cutting the costs of a tournament whose budget crisis has already come as an embarrassment to Safa. South Africa's Under-20 team kick off the tournament on Sunday against Mali, followed immediately by a match between Egypt and Lesotho in Group A. Group B will kick off with a double-header attraction on Monday. It will go on until next weekend, after which the top two teams in each group go on to the semi-finals on April 28 with the final to be played on Sunday, May 1. All matches will have free entry but will be ticketed for safety reasons. The four semi-finalists also qualify for the Fifa Under-20 World Cup in Colombia in July and August.