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Knysna Cup-ready, says mayor

Neil Oelofse

KNYSNA Mayor Eleanor Bouw-Spies yesterday declared her satisfaction with the facilities prepared for the Danish and French soccer teams ahead of their arrival in about 10 days to compete for the Fifa World Cup.

Bouw-Spies visited both Simola and Pezula and congratulated the management of the two golf estates.

The mayor also visited the two immaculately prepared training pitches for the two teams – Pezula’s “Field of Dreams”, where the French will train, and Loerie Park, the Danish team’s practice ground.

“I am extremely proud of what has been achieved by ‘Team Knysna’ in delivering these facilities,” Bouw-Spies said before powering up the floodlights at Loerie Park. “We are ready, we are match fit, waiting in the tunnel to run out onto the biggest stage this country has seen.”

She said Knysna had been working for years towards “this special moment”.

Simola general manager Toitjie Muller said nothing extraordinary had been done in preparation for the Danes, who nominated the resort as their first choice.

Claus Martin, of Pezula, said the World Cup presented Knysna with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to promote the town as one of the best tourist destinations in the world. “You can’t buy that kind of exposure,” he said.