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England SWC base 'a dump'

2010-02-22 08:58

Johannesburg - England coach Fabio Capello faces a shock when he arrives in South Africa on Monday to visit his team's 2010 Soccer World Cup training base.

According to The Sun website, the England boss is due to stay at the Royal Bafokeng complex outside Rustenburg and check on the progress of the construction work.

However, pictures show the England base for the finals, which kick off on June 11, is still a building site.

Worse still, half of the five-star hotel where the squad will be based for five weeks has not yet been completed.

And the training pitches, about which Capello has made so much fuss, appear to have drainage problems just 100 days before the manager and his stars check in.

There are no proper roads on site and, while one half of the hotel is operational, the entire area is overrun with building materials and work crews.

The English FA on Sunday insisted they know the project is on time and will all be completed before the team arrive on June 3.

Yet when that claim was put to one of the construction workers currently at the facility, he replied: "Really? Well they will be lucky!"

England's Royal Bafokeng dump (File)


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