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Esselen Park will be Bafana's World Cup base

By Ramatsiyi Moholoa | Dec 14, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

BAFANA Bafana have chosen the state-of-the-art Kempton Park facility, the Esselen Park Centre of Excellence, as their base during the 2010 Fifa World Cup finals.

"We have already inspected the facility and are highly impressed," said Bafana Bafana manager Sipho Nkumane yesterday after an inspection tour of the centre.

Esselen Park, which offers 497 hotel rooms, massive sports grounds, a gymnasium with sauna and swimming pool, has also been used for major local and international conferences. The ANC has also been using this centre, which was the first home of the Transnet Football School of Excellence, for its national executive meetings.

In 1998 Bafana were based at the facility for two weeks before going to France for their maiden appearance in the World Cup finals.

"We have already informed the local organising committee and Fifa about our choice," said Nkumane, who is busy with preparations for the camps in Durban, Brazil and Germany.

Bafana will assemble in Durban in January for a camp for South African-based players, which will also see them play two games against neighbouring countries.

"We are busy finalising negotiations with all the teams we will be playing against between January and May," Nkumane said.

It is highly likely that the two games will be against Zimbabwe and Botswana.

In March Bafana will be in Brazil for an intensive camp for the World Cup provisional squad where they will also play six matches.

"We are negotiating with the clubs in Europe for the release of players such as Steven Pienaar, Aaron Mokoena, Elrio van Heerden, Benni McCarthy and others," said coach Carlos Alberto Parreira. "We know it's not going to be easy to get the players because the season will not be over. The camps will also help us get all the players in great shape."

One of the matches in Brazil will be against Paraguay.


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