July 06, 2010
Cape Town goes orange for World Cup semi-finals
Dutch fans getting into the spirit in Cape Town. Photos by Roy Barford
Orange is definitely the most fashionable colour in Cape Town today, as the Mother City prepares to host the first ever FIFA World Cup™ semi-final on African soil this evening, which will be played between Uruguay and the Netherlands.
Dutch fans have already taken to the streets in their bright orange outfits and there has been a super vibe at the Cape Town FIFA Fan Fest™. The weather forecasters seem to have got it wrong and – touch wood – Cape Town has been bright and sunny so far today.
The Fan Walk in Cape Town, which links the FIFA Fan Fest™ and Cape Town Stadium, will be a 2.4km football fashion runway from around 17h00, an experience not to be missed if you are in the Mother City.
The Netherlands have enjoyed a massive following in Cape Town during the World Cup and their fans have been the most colourful and festive the city has seen during this tournament. Having upset Brazil in their quarter-final match on Friday, they will be the favourite team tonight against Uruguay, who scraped through against Ghana. While there are a few Uruguayan supporters in town as well, they are heavily outnumbered.
African fans are likely to get behind the Dutch too, as Uruguay have knocked out two African teams (South Africa and Ghana) to reach the semi-finals. There was also a controversial incident in the last minute of extra time in the quarter-final between Uruguay and Ghana, when Uruguayan striker, Luis Suárez, deliberately handled the ball, denying Ghana a goal that would have seen them become the first African team to make the semi-finals of the World Cup. Ghana went on to miss the resulting penalty and were beaten 4-2 in the penalty shoot-out.
Suárez was red-carded and will not be playing this evening, but his fellow striker, Diego Forlán, is likely to give the Dutch defence a tough time.
For the men in orange, key players will include Wesley Sneijder and Robin van Persie.