Manchester City have announced the opposition for two matches to be played during the Club’s summer tour of South Africa as part of the Nelson Mandela Football Invitational.
Manuel Pellegrini’s first game in charge of the Blues will be in Pretoria against Supersport United FC on 14 July at 3pm (2pm UK time) at Loftus Versfeld.
As pre-season preparations continue, City will then take on AmaZulu FC on 18 July at 8pm local time (7pm UK) at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban.
Ndaba Mandela, Chairman of Africa Rising and grandson of Nelson Mandela, said: “The Nelson Mandela Football Invitational it is fitting way to celebrate a larger than life icon. Africa Rising is proud to support what is undoubtedly going to be a magical moment. ”
City’s Chief Executive Officer Ferran Soriano said: “We are very excited about visiting South Africa this summer to begin our preparations for the new season. As well as competing in two games we have chosen Durban as our base for our training camp. Supersport and AmaZulu will provide us with an excellent test and it is an exciting time for the club as Manuel Pellegrini takes charge of the team for the first time.
“South Africa showcased itself as a footballing nation in 2010 with a wonderful World Cup. They have first-rate facilities and a passionate footballing fanbase, and this trip will be a fantastic opportunity for us to train and compete in front of our African supporters.”
Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday 25 June from www.computicket.co.za