Posted by Steve Murphy Labels: Gareth Barry, Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Rudd Krol, South Africa, SOWETO derby, Video, Vodacom Challenge
The Head coach of the Pirates – Rudd Krol is taking a 29 man strong squad for the Bucs trip to Polokwane to face Man City. The squad includes some new signings including Gert Schalkwyk, Ndumiso Mabena and Andile Jali. A number of extra players including Dennis Masina, Phenyo Mongala, Congolese Blasise Kiaku and Cameroonian Frank Oliver, who are yet to sign for the club have also made the trip.
Krol considers the Vodacom Challenge Competition as a perfect platform to assess his players ahead of the gruelling 2009/2010 season, which has been shortened to give Bafana more time to gel ahead of next year’s world cup in the country.
Manchester City will be sending a full strength squad too with new signings Gareth Barry, Carlos Tevez and Santa Cruz. Gareth Barry today spoke at a press conference in South Africa about the trip and his wishes to return to South Africa next summer with the England team for the world cup:
Garry Cook who has played a vital role in the building of a squad capable of challenging for a top six finish this year also spole at the Vodacom Challenge press confrence and highlighted City's current spending philosophy:
A win against City would send a strong message to their rivals Kaizer Chiefs. The game between Kaizer Chiefs and Pirates will be an exciting and tense game, one which thousands of fans will look forward to – as they do every SOWETO derby. Watch the video below of the derby match from the 2nd of May 2009.
The game on Saturday kicks off at 3pm local time and 2pm in the UK, you can watch the game live outside the Stadium, with events happening all day. See this link for info and for more on the Orlando Pirates. There will be a match review here before the end of the weekend.
Also... a sign raised in Manchester say's it all, come along to the stadium on Saturday in Our City...
MANCHESTER CITY SQUAD FOR THE VODACOM CHALLENGE: Shay Given,Kasper Schmeichel, Pablo Zabaleta, Michael Johnson, Stephen Ireland, Valeri Bojinov Javier Garrido, Martin Petrov,Shaun Wright-Phillips, Wayne Bridge,Benjani Mwaruwari, Richard Dunne, Kelvin Etuhu, Craig Bellamy, Nigel de Jong, Felipe Caicedo, Ched Evans, Shaleum Logan, Vladimir Weiss, Ryan McGivern, Stuart Taylor, Roque Santa Cruz, Gareth Barry, Robinho (arriving a week later), Elano (arriving a week later), Micah Richards, Nedum Onuoha, Carlos Tevez