Johannesburg - Newcastle United could be heading to South Africa to take part in
the Vodacom Challenge with negotiations reportedly at an "advance stage"
Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have previously taken
part in the pre-season tournament that pits a Premier League team
against Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.
"Negotiations are at an advanced stage between the organisers and
management of Newcastle United. I think an announcement will be made in
a few days' time," said a report in the Sowetan.
The unnamed source continued: "The organisers are also toying
with the idea of getting Tottenham Hotspur back in the tournament
because they are going back to its original format of four clubs, but
the appearance fees asked by the English teams are massive.
"There is also a possibility that we could also see Mamelodi
Sundowns participating for the first time since the inception of this
tournament. You have to remember that this tournament has nothing to do
with Chiefs and Pirates being sponsored by Vodacom.
"The cellular phone company are sponsors of the tournament, which
is owned by SAIL. If Vodacom had decided not to renew its contract,
SAIL would have looked for a new company to sponsor it.
"Vodacom re-committed itself to the tournament last week after the previous contract expired last year."