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Rain Damages Confed Stadium

Rain has damaged a portion of the Arena Fonte Nova Stadium in Salvador, Brazil.

The stadium has been under construction ahead of the Confederations Cup next month, and was scheduled to host its first match, between African Champions Nigeria and their South America counterparts Uruguay, on 20 June.

According to World Architecture News, “heavy rain gathered on the roof and caused one of 36 roof panels to collapse, causing damage to the canvas covering to the stands and the seats below.”

“Repair work has already started and will be concluded in time for the Confederations Cup,” stadium authorities assured.

“It’s an isolated incident. This situation would have never happened during an event because the arena is thoroughly inspected ahead of time.”   

Meanwhile, in better news for Brazil, whose ability to meet Confederations Cup and World Cup deadlines has been questioned, the iconic Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro is ready to host its first match after being revamped.

Reduced from 100 000 seats to just under 80 000, the Maracana’s refurbishment has been beset by  delays and ballooning costs, but will be ready to welcome England for their friendly against Brazil on Sunday.

However, the shiny new stadium has already received mixed reviews from two iconic ex-Selecao stars.

"The Maracana looks lovely and it’s really great to be back," said former Brazil striker Bebeto, who is a member of the 2014 World Cup organising committee.

"It’s always good to return. I feel at home."

But Bebeto’s former partner in crime, legendary striker Romario- now an opposition politician in parliament- disagrees.

"What they’ve done is atrocious," he told reporters.

"The stadium was the best stage in the world and the politicians and officials managed to destroy it. It’s totally different."

Click here to watch a ideo of the damaged Arena Fonte Nova Stadium.

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