Man City to play SA giants

2009-05-04 18:07

Johannesburg  - Bigspending English Premiership club Manchester City will visit South Africa during July to play local giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

A statement said City will play Pirates (July 18), Chiefs (July 21) and the winners of a play-off between the Johannesburg clubs in the July 25 final of the Vodacom Challenge.

City are following in the footsteps of fellow Premiership clubs Manchester United, who hammered Chiefs 4-0 in the last final, and 2007 tournament winners Tottenham Hotspur.

Manager Mark Hughes attended a launch ceremony on Monday and said he expected City drawcard and Brazil star Robinho to be in the squad for a second visit by the club to South Africa.

"The Challenge is an important part of my pre-season training and at this stage I will be bringing all my top players," vowed Hughes, who toured South Africa as a Manchester United striker 16 years ago.

Bankrolled by Middle East petro dollars, City have been linked with a number of international superstars, including Barcelona and Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o.

The club that has lived in the lengthy shadow of neighbours United for many seasons defeated Santos 1-0 in Cape Town and drew 1-1 with Manning Rangers in Durban during a 1993 tour.

Coastal city Port Elizabeth will host the Chiefs-Pirates fixture and the venues for the City games will be announced later this week with Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria favoured.


  • fern - 2009-05-04 20:26

    That's if Hughes still has a job after this season.

  • Jonathan Mathebula - 2009-05-05 07:33

    Please Mr Hughes, have a look at our Exciting talent we have in SA, get few for Trial maybe sign them, Teko, Mthembu, Tshabalala, Mathebula, Khune, dont follow racist Coach like Ferguson, Rafael

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-05 14:37

    jonathan mathebula! 99.9% of Local players are WEAK!!! too many shibobos and tricks instead of getting the job done and i blame the supporters for that cos their team will be losing 5-0 but one Shibobo and the crowd react like they won the World cup!!! you dont ever see that in England! i watched the England squad training and you should see the skill those players have but they dont flaunt it on the field for the crowd..... they get the job done !!!! thats wat SA Players need to learn to do!!! GET ON WITH THE GAME!!!

  • collin nyabadza - 2009-05-06 05:29

    Thats seems Mark Hughes will be out of a job by the time Man City comes to S.A. The guy has disapointed.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-06 11:24

    how the hell are they racist ? The most useless excuse used for EVERYTHING these days !

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