United confirm South Africa trip

PA Sport

Manchester United have confirmed they will start their pre-season tour with two matches in South Africa next month.

The Red Devils will take on AmaZulu FC in Durban on July 18 and Ajax Cape Town in Cape Town three days later.

Always popular in that part of the world, it will be United's first visit since 2008 and will be sponsored by MTN, the club's mobile telecommunications partner in Southern Africa.

The opening match will be particularly poignant as it will take place at the 54,000-capacity Moses Mabhida Stadium, venue for Spain's World Cup semi-final win over Germany, on Mandela Day.

"The training camp and matches in South Africa will be an important part of our preparations for the 2012/13 season and an excellent chance to renew our acquaintance with our loyal and enthusiastic fans in South Africa," said Red Devils chief executive David Gill.

"Everyone has fond memories of the visits there in 2006 and 2008 and, of course, of the exceptional organisation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup."

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