Manchester City have confirmed on their official website that they will be visiting South Africa as part of their pre-season tour in July and that they will play two games against “top” PSL clubs.
Man City’s Football Development Executive and former player Patrick Vieira confirmed that this tour will also be used to honour Dr Nelson Mandela, as the last match of the tour will be played on his birthday, July 18.
“South Africa is one of my favourite countries. I spent a lot of time here during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and I 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,” Vieira was quoted on the website.
The organizers of this tour, Matchworld, are delighted to have Man City for this year’s Mandela Day having successfully hosted Man United in the last edition of what is described as a “Football Invitation in support of Mandela Day”.
The Red Devils played AmaZulu in Durban before travelling to Cape Town to face Ajax Cape Town last year, and Lyndon Barends, the Executive Chairman at Matchworld, is happy to have another well recognized club in South Africa.
“We are pleased that Man City has included South Africa in their pre-season tour and help us promote Mandela Day,” said Barends.
“We are continuing from where we left off last year and give all South Africans a chance to see another great team in action,” he said.