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Monday, June 18, 2012

Manchester United to Play in South Africa


English football giants Manchester United is coming to South Africa for their 2012/13 pre-season tour.


Their first visit in South Africa was in 1993 – this time the giants will visit two major destinations or rather cities, Durban and Cape Town in July.


Comes 18th of July just a week or so after the busy Vodacom Durban July (Horse-racing - 7 July) – they will share the field with AmaZulu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. 


A soccer clinic will also be held with of course preceding the match, giving Durban’s youth a chance to shake hands with the stars of the game who will also share some of their massive football experience with the youth of KwaZulu Natal.



“We are thrilled to have the heroes of the English Premier League return to our shores for what will be an exhilarating challenge between ManUTD and our local teams. This is going to be a real treat for the local Manchester United fans as well as the South African Footballing community,” says Lyndon Barends, CEO, Primedia Sport. 



“This match falls on the 94th birthday celebrations of Nelson Mandela. We urge everyone to set aside 90+4 minutes to do some community service as well as joining us in singing Happy Birthday to Madiba just before kickoff at Moses Mabhida Stadium and Cape Town Stadium,” said Barends.


Three days later the Red Devils will play Ajax Cape Town at the CT Stadium. Announcing the games which they promised to bring their best players, Chief Executive David Gill in a press release said, “The training Camp and matches in South Africa will be an important part of our preparations for the 2012/13 season and an excellent chance to renew our acquaintances with our loyal and enthusiastic fans in South Africa. Everyone has fond memories of the visits there in 2006 and 2008, and, of course of the exceptional organisation for the 2010 FIFA world cup.”


Charles Brewer Managing Director for DHL Sub-Saharan Africa, in a press release said, “We are delighted to be delivering Manchester United’s pre-season tour to South Africa. Using our global network we’ll be supporting the team in their preparation for the Durban and Cape Town legs of the tour, ensuring that the team are ready to deliver success on the pitch ahead of the 2012/13 season.”


Tickets for the Durban and Cape Town matches will be between R150-R350, Computicket will be at your service, and kick-off will be at 8pm for Durban and 3pm for Cape Town. 


Original Press Release was issued by: Karen Shotbolt (Manchester United Ltd)



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