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2014 World Cup: Venue for Ghana versus USA clash passed fit

Published on: 11 May 2014

The venue for Ghana’s 2014 World Cup opening group game against USA has been passed fit.

There have been concerns about match venues for the global showpiece, with FIFA criticizing politicians for the delay.

However, the Arena das Dunas in Natal staged its third test event last weekend when it played host to Brazilian second division game between ABC and America-RN.

FIFA General Secretary, Jerome Valcke, inspected the facility and passed it fit to host the global showpiece.

Ten operational areas were tested at the match, from spectator and medical services to media operations, and afterward the local organizing committee pronounced the venue ready for June.

The 12 World Cup venues were supposed to be ready in December, but half those stadiums weren't completed on time, leaving FIFA with no choice but to push that deadline back. The latest delivery date is May 15, less a month before the tournament's first game.

And that date was set before construction was halted again Thursday at Arena Pantanal in the wetlands city of Cuiaba after a worker died in an electrical accident.

Muhammad Ali Maciel Afonso, 32, was killed by an electric shock while working at the stadium, which is still missing seats because of delivery delays. He is the eighth worker to die during construction of a stadium for this World Cup.


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