Manchester City skipper Kompany inspired to be in South Africa

Belgium international defender Vincent Kompany is looking forward to face South African PSL clubs SuperSport United and AmaZulu in South Africa

The Man City skipper promised fans that despite playing friendly matches against AmaZulu and SuperSport United, the English club are looking to be competitive in these pre-season fixtures.

“If you knew me better, you will know that I am always going to be competitive even if I am playing in my backyard. I look forward to being here (in South Africa) and I am hoping for a great tour ahead,” Kompany said at the press conference.

The Belgian also paid tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela who is currently critical in hospital.

“I have been reading a lot of books about him (Mandela), and everybody knows what incredible work he has done. I am most definitely privileged to be playing here,” he said.

Kompany also pointed out that he is inspired to be in this country for the first time.

“I have always wanted to be here in South Africa and this is really a dream come true for me. All in all I look forward to a great tour,” he said.

Manchester City will take on SuperSport United and AmaZulu on the 14th and 18th of July respectively. The venues are set for Loftus in Pretoria, followed by the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Argentina star forward Sergio Aguero, Spain's David Silva, France's Samir Nasri, new Brazilian signing Fernandinho as well as his national colleague Maicon arrived in Durban to face AmaZulu. Famous English players include keeper Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott, James Milner and Gareth Barry. According to Goal's poll, Africa's most popular player Yaya Toure will also star.

AmaZulu were involved in a relegation battle last season, but improved significantly in the second half of their campaign under new coach Craig Rosslee to remain in the PSL. From all the KwaZulu-Natal clubs they are the most famous team, and play at the Moses Mabhida Stadium which hosted the World Cup semi final between Spain and Germany.

City's first match will be against United, a well organised club that won back-to-back to titles a few years ago. However SuperSport drew too many matches last season. Now they are turning over a new chapter after replacing long serving coach Gavin Hunt with Cavin Johnson. United are ambitious for a successful 2013-14 season and will test the English club.