Man United confirm SA trip
English Premier League giants Manchester United will return to South Africa to play AmaZulu FC in Durban and Ajax Cape Town next month, the club confirmed through their website on Wednesday.
The matches will be sponsored by the country’s leading mobile operator MTN, who are United’s mobile telecommunications partner in Southern Africa and will form the MTN Football Invitational to highlight the aims of Mandela Day.
The matches will take place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Mandela Day itself (18 July) and the Cape Town Stadium on 21 July.
Announcing the games, chief executive David Gill 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 acquaintance with our loyal and enthusiastic fans in SA.
"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 Express Sub-Saharan Africa, 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."