Pre-Season Tour: Fans Roar, As Man U Hit South Africa


Durban was abuzz with yesterday night’s arrival of English soccer giants Manchester United at the King Shaka International Airport.

Their clash with local soccer club AmaZulu on Wednesday is a mouth-watering tie, which the Durban soccer fans are looking forward to, as they welcomed one of their favourite teams to the city.

Warwick Hospitality and Events spokesman John McCarthy confirmed that tickets to the game were sold out on Monday.

“We are expecting about 51 000 people for the game. The training session tickets were sold out over a week ago,” he said. “We were confident that the tickets would be sold out in Durban.”

The match will take place at Moses Mabhida stadium with kick-off at 8pm – coincidentally on Nelson Mandela’s birthday.

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Alex Ferguson’s team will then clash with Premier Soccer League giants Ajax Cape Town at the Cape Town stadium at the weekend.

Tickets for the Durban game cost R150, R250 and R350.

The open training session, which is for Tuesday from 7pm-8pm, cost R10 with 11,000 people expected to attend the session.

The 22-man Manchester United squad includes veterans and experienced players like captain Rio Ferdinand, midfielder Michael Carrick, midfielder Paul Scholes and striker Dimitar Berbatov, alongside a host of youngsters including strikers Federico Macheda and Javier Hernandez.

Fan favourites, winger Luís “Nani” Almeida, star striker Wayne Rooney and midfielder Ryan Giggs were left behind.

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