8 Jun 2010

All Whites smoked out of training

6:36 am on 8 June 2010

The All Whites first training run in South Africa has been cut short - by smoke from a surrounding township which made a full training session a threat to the players' health.

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 km east of Johannesburg.

The coaching and medical staff, and captain Ryan Nelsen, huddled on the pitch discussing conditions before deciding on a short stint under the smoke.

The team chose the site as it was identified as the best facility near the upmarket Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate where they are staying.

Conditions were expected to clear and captain Ricki Herbert said the shorter session would not affect the team's preparations.