CAF: Nelspruit field 'not good enough'

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Confederation of African Football secretary general Hicham El Amrani says the Mbombela Stadium field is "not good enough" for the African Cup of Nations but the semifinal match in Nelspruit won't be moved to another venue.

El Amrani says "plan A and B and C is to play in Mbombela and to improve the pitch," confirming quarterfinal and semifinal games will go ahead on the sandy, bumpy surface which has been criticized by players and coaches.

El Amrani says in the organizers' mid-tournament briefing on Friday that CAF was "surprised how the field turned out ... but there is no point whining about it."

CAF and local organizers also say the tournament's Feb. 10 final is nearing a sellout, but only 14,000 tickets have been sold for the Mbombela semifinal.