Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Preparing an African Tour

Manchester United will head to South Africa in July to play Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, currently ranked the second and the third in that country's Premier Soccer League.

Irvin Khoza, chairperson of the 2010 Soccer World Cup bid committee, said the idea to take Manchester United to South Africa was "to pick up a few tips as the preparations (by South Africa) for 2010 (World Cup) begin in earnest."

"They must start changing the minds of the South African supporters now for the 2010 World Cup," Khoza said.

Manchester United's first match will be against Pirates in Durban. They will then meet the Chiefs on July 18. Two days later, Chiefs will play Pirates in Rustenburg and the winner will face United in the finals at Loftus Stadium in Pretoria on July 22.