Cape Town - Manchester City have announced that the club will be visiting South Africa in their upcoming pre-season programme.
According to the club's website, two games will be played against top PSL clubs, the second taking place on Mandela Day, 18 July.
To recognise this,
organisers Matchworld have collaborated with Africa Rising and City to
get the world to understand the concept '67 minutes for Madiba', the
ethical framework being "Service to one’s fellow
Representing City at the
launch was Patrick Vieira, Football Development Executive for MCFC and
winner of nine league titles and five FA Cups. Vieira also represented
his country, France, 107 times and won the 1998 FIFA World Cup when he
received France’s highest award, the Legion d’Honneur in 1998.
"South Africa is one of
my favourite countries," said Vieira.
"I spent a lot of time here
during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and was thrilled when City tasked me to
come over and launch the South African leg of our upcoming Tour.
Mandela is one of my heroes and to be part of Mandela Day will be an
honour.""We are very excited to
bring Manchester City closer to the South African community and our
rapidly growing global fanbase. This will be a fantastic tournament and I
speak for the full squad when I say how pleased we are to visit this
"Not only are the
training facilities fantastic, but we have already seen the fans’
passion first hand from our previous visit in 2009 and look forward to