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South Africa starts 100-day countdown

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • South Africa began its 100-day countdown to the 2010 World Cup on March 2
  • CNN took a look at the progress at some of the new stadiums to check on progress
  • Chief organizer Danny Jordaan says the grounds are ready ahead of June 11 kick-off
  • Some stadiums were still being finished but Jordaan expects completion by April
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  • World Cup Soccer
  • South Africa
  • FIFA
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(CNN) -- South Africa began its 100-day countdown to the 2010 World Cup on March 2, and CNN took a look at the progress at some of the new stadiums.

Soccer City in Johannesburg will host the opening match between South Africa's Bafana Bafana and Mexico on June 11, and it will also stage the final on July 11.

The new ground is complete on the inside, but the outside area was still under construction when CNN visited.

There are also concerns over Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, which still does not have a pitch due to problems with growing suitable grass.

Chief organizer Danny Jordaan told CNN he expects it to be ready in April.