Paraguay to get ‘rousing’ welcome

2010-06-03 00:00

THE moment has arrived to welcome team Paraguay to the midlands this afternoon.

The Paraguayans will land at Oribi Airport at 3.10 pm and will be taken to the Woodridge Country Hotel at Balgowan where they will be staying for the duration of the 2010 World Cup.

UMgungundlovu District municipal manager Sibusiso Khuzwayo told The Witness they are planning a “rousing African welcome”.

“The team will be welcomed by Zulu dancers chanting Spanish slogans,” he said.

Tomorrow, Premier Zweli Mkhize will officially welcome the Paraguay national side at a gala dinner at Woodridge.

On Saturday, Paraguay Under-20 will lock horns with an Under-20 side from the district at Harry Gwala Stadium.

It will be played just after the Bafana Bafana vs Denmark game, which will be shown live on big screens at the stadium. District Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee will give a short address before the teams play.

There will be a carnival from 11 am until 2 pm at Alexandra Park before the match, complete with jumping castles and lots of other fun for children.

“And all will end at Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday,” said Khuzwayo.

On Sunday, there will be a carnival at Harry Gwala Stadium before a game between the premier’s XI, led by Mkhize himself, and the Paraguay technical officials kicks off at 2 pm.

“After that game, at 3 pm there will be a Fifa-approved training session game between team Paraguay and their national Under-20 soccer side,” said Khuzwayo.

He said the Paraguayans’ visit is an opportunity for the midlands to forge a strategic partnership beyond the 2010 World Cup as well as a great opportunity for the youth to showcase their talents.

“There is no turning back for us, this is a chance to claim a slice of history,” said Khuzwayo.

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