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Man City to play in South Africa

Mark Hughes
Hughes toured South Africa as a Manchester United player 16 years ago

Manchester City will visit South Africa in July to play local giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

A statement said the big-spending English Premier League side will play Pirates on 18 July.

They will face Chiefs three days later before taking on the winners of a play-off between the two Johannesburg rivals in the final on 25 July.

Manchester United toured South Africa last year while Tottenham Hotspur were the visitors in 2007.

City manager Mark Hughes attended a launch ceremony in Johannesburg on Monday and said he expected City draw card and Brazil star Robinho to be in the squad for a second visit by the club to South Africa.

"The challenge is an important part of my pre-season training and at this stage I will be bringing all my top players," vowed Hughes, who toured South Africa as a Manchester United striker 16 years ago.

The club that has lived in the lengthy shadow of neighbours United for many seasons defeated Santos 1-0 in Cape Town and drew 1-1 with Manning Rangers in Durban during a 1993 tour.

Coastal city Port Elizabeth will host the Chiefs-Pirates fixture and the venues for the City games will be announced later this week with Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria favoured.

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