Smoke haze cuts first training run short

Smoke haze cuts first training run short

08 June 2010

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South Africa —  The All Whites’ first training run in South Africa was cut short when coaches and medical staff decided that smoke haze from a nearby township was unhealthy for the players.

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 kilometres east of Johannesburg.

New Zealand Football’s Jamie Scott says conditions weren’t the best but it was important for players to get on the pitch after a long flight.

The All Whites play Chile on Wednesday night in their final warmup game before their first World Cup match against Slovakia on 15 June.

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