Man City to play SuperSport, AmaZulu
Manchester City will play two matches against South African opposition on brief trip to the country next month, officials said on Thursday.
Last season’s league runners-up take on SuperSport United in Pretoria on July 14 in what will be a first match in charge for new manager Manuel Pellegrini.
They have a second match at Durban’s Moses Mabhida stadium against local club AmaZulu on July 18 and also use the city for a pre-season training camp.
The matches will help raise money for the Nelson Mandela foundation.
Ndaba Mandela, Chairman of Africa Rising and grandson of Nelson Mandela, said: “The Nelson Mandela Football Invitational it is fitting way to celebrate a larger than life icon. Africa Rising is proud to support what is undoubtedly going to be a magical moment. ”
Manchester City’s chief executive officer Ferran Soriano told the club’s website: “We are very excited about visiting South Africa this summer to begin our preparations for the new season. As well as competing in two games we have chosen Durban as our base for our training camp. Supersport and AmaZulu will provide us with an excellent test and it is an exciting time for the club as Manuel Pellegrini takes charge of the team for the first time.
“South Africa showcased itself as a footballing nation in 2010 with a wonderful World Cup. They have first-rate facilities and a passionate footballing fanbase, and this trip will be a fantastic opportunity for us to train and compete in front of our African supporters,” Soriano added.