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Jun 9, 2010

New Zealand skipper Nelsen nursing ear infection

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – New Zealand captain Ryan Nelsen sat out the World Cup warm-up against Chile on Wednesday with an ear infection but was expected to be ready for their first Group F game on Tuesday.

Team spokesman Jamie Scott said the midfielder, who plays for English premier league side Blackburn Rovers, did not travel to Nelspuit, about 400 east of Johannesburg, for the game.

Jun 9, 2010

Australia’s Cahill recovering from neck strain

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Australia midfielder Tim Cahill is expected to be back in training later on Wednesday and should be available for their opening Group D match against Germany on Sunday after hurting his neck in a warm-up game.

He was taken to hospital after being substituted at halftime in the 3-1 defeat by the United States on Saturday having tweaked his neck trying to head the ball but got the all-clear.

Jun 7, 2010

New Zealand training cut short by township smoke

DAVEYTON, South Africa (Reuters) – New Zealand’s World Cup squad cut short their first training session in South Africa when smoke from a surrounding township made a full workout a threat to the players’ health on Monday.

Impoverished households use wood fires and paraffin to keep warm and to cook and the smoke left a low white blanket wafting over Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton, a black settlement about 40 km east of Johannesburg.

Jun 7, 2010

Vuvuzela tops noise league, seen threat to hearing

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s vuvuzela, the trumpet that will be a fixture at World Cup matches, is the loudest of all fan instruments and can cause permanent hearing loss, a global hearing foundation said on Monday.

Soccer governing body FIFA has okayed the plastic trumpet for the tournament, which starts on Friday, after organisers did tests at a match at Johannesburg’s 95,000-seater Soccer City due to worries the din could drown out emergency announcements.

Jun 6, 2010

Technology would be a passion killer – Blatter

PRETORIA (Reuters) – Using technology in soccer will only serve to damage the passion and emotion felt for the sport, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Sunday.

Soccer’s world governing body continues to resist using technology to aid decisions on controversial incidents during matches, including helping referee’s to judge whether a ball has crossed the goal line.

Jun 6, 2010

World Cup is uniting South Africa, says Zuma

PRETORIA (Reuters) – The soccer World Cup is uniting South Africa, much like the 1995 world rugby victory helped break down racial barriers, and it will leave a legacy for decades to come, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.

South Africa becomes the first African nation to host the world’s most watched tournament from Friday.

Jun 5, 2010

Soccer-World-Aussies make a gift of it as U.S. win final warmup

JOHANNESBURG, June 5 (Reuters) – Australia coach Pim Verbeek
was left with a few more headaches than his United States
counterpart on Saturday after his profligate side gifted a 3-1
defeat in both sides’ final World Cup tune-up.

Verbeek said the game offered some positives for his team
but was concerned the Socceroos gave the ball away too much.

Jun 4, 2010

Aussies unhappy with training pitch

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Australia’s World Cup squad are unhappy about the quality of the training pitch they will move to ahead of their first group D match and are considering using a new ground.

Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek said on Friday the field at the Ruimsig stadium, near Johannesburg, had deteriorated over the past year.

Jun 4, 2010

Mandela meets Bafana Bafana ahead of Wcup

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Nelson Mandela met South Africa’s national soccer team Bafana Bafana on Thursday, wearing the captain’s number 4 shirt, to help inspire the team in this month’s World Cup which the country is hosting.

The former South African president, who turns 92 next month, is increasingly frail and rarely makes public appearances.

Jun 3, 2010

Mandela meets Bafana Bafana ahead of finals

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Nelson Mandela met South Africa’s national soccer team Bafana Bafana on Thursday, wearing the captain’s number 4 shirt, to help inspire the team in this month’s World Cup which the country is hosting.

The former South African president, who turns 92 next month, is increasingly frail and rarely makes public appearances.