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Botswana, South Africa a ‘high-risk encounter’

Posted: 9 June 2012 Time: 11:00

The World Cup 2014 qualifier between Botswana and South Africa today in Gaborone will be treated as a high-risk encounter.

According to media reports in Gaborone, the University of Botswana Stadium, with a capacity of 8 000, is constricted and therefore, a risk for this encounter.

KickOff.com picked up on a report in The Voice that Fifa, CAF and BFA are concerned by a number of factors, amongst them the inadequate crowd capacity of the UB stadium.

Fifa’s security manager Bikkie Mbenge has been quoted admitting that the game is indeed a high risk affair.

“The capacity makes the stadium a high risk venue since many will be turned away even if they have the money. This is the biggest game between the two sides in many years and over and above that, it is also a vital World Cup qualifier,” he says.

Mbenge says that Fifa would apply strict safety regulations and take all the necessary precautions to safeguard fans from potential danger.

“The biggest fear in a game like this is the possibility of a stampede,” Mbenge admits.

A suitable venue could have been the national stadium just a stone’s throw from the UB stadium but apparently the stadium is incomplete owing to “political issues”.

The national stadium was closed in 2008 for refurbishments with the hope that it would be used as a training venue during the 2010 World Cup hosted by South Africa.

Tiyani wa ka Mabasa in Gaborone, Botswana

Previous comments on this story...

Mhlonitjhwa: Treble Champ kwesibili
posted: 11:39 am
No man Tiyani stop threatening, let people go and watch thier soccer coz if it was realy a high risk then they should have called it of and nawo lamaTswana ba- aware of that possibility

So ungazos'thusela la nothing will happen...!!
TTM
posted: 12:06 pm
Nope it is not about scaring off people, but to make them aware.
Anonymous
posted: 12:32 pm
Thank you for the awareness let's hope no one gets hurt.
Anonymous
posted: 12:48 pm
Wt a shame bt m sure de police cn manage to control 7500 ppl
The Ghost
posted: 01:47 pm
How long does it take to refurbish a stadium mara? Since 2008 Botswana has been 'refurbishing' the national stadium for the 2010 world cup. The UB stadium is not even big enough to host a practice match.
Anonymous
posted: 02:44 pm
There is no other Stadium?.....Fans are nt safe
Anonymous
posted: 05:10 pm
Fuck this,safa should have asked Pirates to represent bafana for botswana game,enough is enough,Pitso messed up bafana big time!Kompela next game assemble your own team,do not work with left overs,you repetition is on line
pengesblenkere!
posted: 05:18 pm
Mare tota gatwe kgang keeng, Batswana ba a itirela,its not as easy as wen u r being helped by FIFA to rennovate the stadiums.How long it took or rather should we wait for the long muted AMAKHOSI STADIUM?...give Batswana break!
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