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Football: Sao Paulo will be ready at 'last minute'

Published on Apr 23, 2014 7:17 AM

SAO PAULO (AFP) - Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, said Sao Paulo's delayed stadium would be ready "at the last minute" for the June 12 World Cup curtain-raiser after a full capacity test next month.

The stadium has suffered delays following two fatal accidents which left three workers dead, but Mr Valcke said he was confident preparations were advancing well.

"Sao Paulo will be ready for the opening match" between Brazil and Croatia, said Mr Valcke, adding there was "no choice" while repeating his mantra that "we cannot waste a single minute".

Mr Valcke told reporters: "We are running against time, but yes, the stadium will host the opening game and, yes, we will organise the opening game and all the other games in this stadium.

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