Sixteen people, including two policemen, have been injured following a rush outside a South African ground holding a World Cup warm-up game.

Numerous supporters fell under a push of people outside the Makhulong Stadium in Johannesburg.

The World Cup warm-up friendly between Nigeria and North Korea was free to enter for fans with many more than the 10,000 capacity turning up.

Makhulong Stadium is not one of the eight World Cup venues but the tragedy has raised concerns over fan safety with the actual tournament starting on Friday.

The game itself finished 3-1 to Nigeria, with Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Victor Obinna Nsofor and Obafemi Martins scoring for the Super Eagles, while Jong Hyok Cha was on target for North Korea.

The spotlight will be firmly fixed upon the opening fixture between South Africa and Mexico at Soccer City.

The incidents have provided the wrong sort of build-up to the World Cup that the South African authorities would have wanted.

Posted on 07/06/2010