Mandela Stadium to host '09 Confederations Cup

May 6, 2008

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The new Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth will be among five venues for next year's Confederations Cup, a test tournament for organizers of the 2010 World Cup.

The United States, Brazil, Egypt, Iraq, Italy and South Africa will play in the eight-nation tournament, which runs from June 14-28. The European and Oceania champions also qualify.

Nelson Mandela will be the only newly constructed stadium used for the Confederations Cup, which also will be played at Johannesburg's Ellis Park along with venues in Bloemfontein, Pretoria and Rustenburg.

FIFA had said in March it was unsure whether the Port Elizabeth stadium would be ready by June 2009.

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