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ManU Kicks Around with Kids in South Africa

With passes perfected, tour equipment (including 275 footballs) packed and kits pressed, Manchester United players set off for South Africa last week.

A storming success in Durban got the team off to a winning start with Fedorico Macheda leading the team to a 1-0 victory over AmaZulu FC at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. An array of new faces enjoyed their first time out in a Manchester United kit as they played in front of a jubilant crowd who enjoyed celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday.

In addition to the publicized matches, the players enjoyed meeting fans and attending local soccer schools on their first stop in Durban, South Africa. And much to the fans’ delight, three team members sat down with local rugby heroes from The Stormers for an exclusive Q&A session. Sir Alex Ferguson even joined in the fun.

Just days later, the team moved to the southern tip of the country where they faced Ajax Cape Town. After a slow start, the game heated up when the home team scored in minute 86. In what could only be described as a very close call, Bebe struck the ball past the goalkeeper in injury time to salvage a 1-1 draw. Local children were also treated to a chance to learn from the best and attended a soccer school, where they met Manchester United legends Quinton Fortune and Bryan Robson.

It’s still all to play as Manchester United heads over to Asia and prepares to take on Shanghai Shenhua. Fans expect this to be an exhilarating game as the team come face to face with Shanghai Shenhua’s new signing: Didier Drogba!

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