Newcastle’s SA visit in doubt

2012-06-12 14:42

Cape Town – The likelihood of Newcastle United, surprise packages of the 2011/12 English Premiership, playing in South Africa next month appears to be receding.

Sport24 understands that the Vodacom Challenge – reportedly intended to feature customary South African giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates plus Newcastle and TP Mazembe of the DRC this year – is in jeopardy.

Newcastle would have been a decent lure for the pre-season event, given that they ended fifth in the Premiership last season and qualified for a Europa League place.

It has been several weeks, though, since rumours first swirled that they were coming, with confirmation lacking.

Some Newcastle-related websites or blogs are now linking the club to an Algarve Tournament, believed to be scheduled at roughly the same time in late July – the Magpies may play Greek champions Olympiakos on July 27.

Premiership runners-up Manchester United, meanwhile, are thought to be still on track for a pres-season tour involving both South Africa – venues likely to be Durban and Cape Town – and China.

PSL sides AmaZulu and Ajax Cape Town will provide the respective opposition here.


  • haha.hehe.7564129 - 2012-06-12 15:38

    Soccer is played by men who wanted to be girls.

  • damian.murphy.54 - 2012-06-12 16:03

    NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I have heard rumours they won't be coming, but then I have heard rumours they will be coming... This is sad news if they don't come. It is so nice getting the fringe teams here for those who support them!

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