City announce South Africa tour
- 08 May 2013 12:45
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Manchester City FC is proud to announce the Club will be visiting South Africa in their upcoming pre-season programme, ‘City on Tour’.
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 human."
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.”
The South African ‘Football Invitational in support of Mandela Day’ kicked-off in the same period last year when Manchester United played Amazulu.”
We are pleased that Manchester City has included South Africa in their pre-season Tour and help us promote Mandela Day,” said Lyndon Barends, Executive Chairman, Matchworld.
“We are continuing from where we left off last year and give all South Africans a chance to see another great team in action.”
Tom Glick, Chief Commercial & Operating Officer at MCFC added: “South Africa's love of football was clear during both the World Cup and most recently the African Cup of Nations.
The national pride that comes from hosting these prestigious tournaments is a testament to how the country embraces the sport.
...Tom Glick, MCFC...
“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 wonderful country.”
“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 July 2013.”
Games will take place on 14 and 18 July against South African PSL teams (still to be finalised). Tickets will be on sale at Computicket at the end of May.