Paraguay to set up camp in Mossel Bay in 2010

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Mossel Bay - Paraguay, which qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup last night, are to sep up their base camp in Mossel Bay.

Mossel Bay's 2010 Coordinator, Louis Harris, who attended Paraguay's 1-0 qualifier against Argentina in the Del Chaco stadium in Asuncion, said they would be using the city as their training camp.

Harris, who attended the match as a guest of the Paraguayan Football Federation, watched at the South American side joined Brazil, England, Spain, Netherlands, North Korea, Brazil, South Korea, Australia, Ghana and Japan in qualifying for the World Cup next year.

Last week, it was announced that the city and the federation had reached an agreement that the South American side would be based in Mossel Bay.

"The federation has informed us that we can expect that upwards of 6 000 supporters will follow the team to South Africa," said Harris.

He said the city would ensure that it does everything it can to decorate the town in the country's honour and to provide them with a holiday they will never forget.

"We're going to make sure that they become 6 000 ambassadors for Mossel Bay and the Eden Region," he said.

Planning for their arrival is already at an advanced stage, with work progressing quickly on the new FIFA-standard pitch, which will be used as a training ground for the team. The city is training 400 locals in Spanish so they can assist the team and their supporters.

Mossel Bay Tourism has also set up a Spanish website,, is a replica of the city's main marketing site,

According to the 2010 FIFA Organising Committee (OC) 42 base camps are to be established across the county, and already 16 teams have chosen their favourite base camps.

The 2010 FIFA OC Chief Executive Officer, Dr Danny Jordaan, has congratulated the team on their win, saying that it was no surprise because Paraguay has been one of the most consistent teams in the qualifiers.

"The people of Paraguay are crazy about football and we look forward to the excitement that the team and their fans will bring to Africa's first World Cup," said Jordaan.