In what will be a major boost to Africa in general and South Africa precisely, English Premier League side Manchester United have confirmed they will start their pre-season in South Africa this July.

The Red Devils are scheduled to play Amazula FC in Durban on Mandela day, 18th of July at the 54,000 capacity Moses Mabhinda Stadium in Durban. Then three days later, they take on Ajax FC in Cape Town.

Manchester United chief executive in a statement said, “The training camp and matches in South Africa will be an important part of our preparations for the 2012/2013 season.”

Gill also maintained that the tour will be “an excellent chance to renew our acquaintance with our loyal and enthusiastic fans in South Africa.”

This will be United’s third visit to South Africa after playing in the Southern African nation in 2006 and 2008.

Meanwhile rivals Arsenal will also be in Nigeria as part of their pre-season plans. The visit has already yielded positive returns as a leading Malt drink in the country has signed a document which makes them Arsenal’s official drink in the West African country.

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