June 24, 2010
Dutch football fans colour Cape Town orange
Dutch Football Association boss Henk Kesler (right) thanks Cape Town deputy executive mayor, Alderman Tim Nielsen, for the hospitality Cape Town has shown Dutch fans. Photos by Roy Barford
An estimated 8 000 Dutch football fans partied at the FIFA Fan Fest™ outside Cape Town City Hall this afternoon, providing the most colourful array of fans Cape Town has seen during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ so far.
The Netherlands take on Cameroon at Cape Town Stadium tonight at 20h30 and will have much support behind them.
At the FIFA Fan Fest™ this afternoon, Henk Kesler, head of the Royal Netherlands Football Association, thanked Cape Town for its hospitality. He said: “I very much hope that we can come back here for the semi-final.”
Cape Town deputy executive mayor, Alderman Tim Nielsen, wearing an orange scarf, welcomed the Dutch fans to Cape Town. “We are really glad to have you here,” he said.
The Dutch have had ties with Cape Town since 1652, when Jan van Riebeeck arrived to set up a half-way post for the Dutch East Indian Company.
Below are some photos of the festivities at the FIFA Fan Fest™ earlier.