Johannesburg - Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany feels privileged to be in
South Africa in celebration of global icon Nelson Mandela's 95th
birthday, according to the Footbal411 website.
Manchester City made a low-key entry into South Africa on Thursday ahead
of Manuel Pellegrini's first game in charge of the deposed Premier
The tour forms the first leg of City's pre-season preparations, with
matches against local clubs SuperSport United and AmaZulu over the next
seven days as part of the celebrations for ailing former South African
President Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday next week.
will take charge for the first time on Sunday against SuperSport United
in Pretoria after the Chilean signed a three-year-deal last month to
replace Roberto Mancini.
"I happened to read a lot about South Africa when I was younger
and followed with passion what happened in South Africa because of the
fact that Nelson Mandela was one of my heroes," Kompany told the media
on Thursday from City's hotel in Durban.
"He was one of my examples and I carry a lot of what he taught me and my family through the books I read on him.'