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’There’s no need to worry’ - 2010 organisers

With hundreds of fans left seething over arriving at late at Bafana Bafana’s Confederations...

Fanatical Bafana Bafana supporter Saddam Maake clutches the FIFA Confederations Cup trophy. Picture: Lelo Mzaca/Eyewitness News

With hundreds of fans left seething over arriving at late at Bafana Bafana’s Confederations Cup match against New Zealand the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Wednesday evening the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee says the park and ride delays were merely teething problems.

One angry fan told Eyewitness News he only arrived after the first half.

"We just got stuck for a long time. We missed the first goal," said the man.

Other fans said there were simply too many people at the Olympia Park meeting point.

Operations at Royal Bafokeng seemed to run a lot smoother.

The organising committee’s Rich Mkhondo says he was also on one of the buses.

He says the main issue appeared to be the flow of traffic getting on and off the vehicles.

The OC has faced a tough time since the 2009 Confederations Cup kicked off last Sunday.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has publicly criticised the OC for not ensuring some of the tournament’s match were played in front of full houses.

There has also been reports of problems with the park and ride system before and after the first game between South Africa and Iraq.

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