World-class football expected during Cape Town International Challenge

The City of Cape Town, in partnership with the South African Football Association (SAFA) and the Provincial Government of the Western Cape, will host the first Cape Town International Challenge from April 8 to 10, 2010.

This football competition will see under-20 teams from South Africa; Nigeria; 2014 World Cup host country, Brazil; and current under-20 world champions, Ghana, participate in the hopes of winning an exciting new title.

The tournament will be split between Newlands Stadium and the Cape Town Stadium. Match details are as follows:

Newlands Stadium
Date: April 8, 2010
First match: 14h00
Second match: 18h00

Cape Town Stadium
Date: April 10, 2010
First match: 16h30
Second match: 19h00

It is planned that the Cape Town International Challenge will become an annual event and will form part of the City’s goal to leave a legacy long after the 2010 FIFA World Cup 2010™ events. It will be an official World Cup Test event, with the 68 000-seater Cape Town Stadium hosting its first full-capacity, night-time football event. In addition, this will also be the first international football event at the stadium.

“I want to urge the people of Cape Town to attend this event in their numbers. We need your help to test the City’s readiness to host the biggest event of all,” said Executive Deputy Mayor Alderman Ian Neilson. He described the event as a dress rehearsal for the World Cup adding that, “we want to make it affordable and accessible to all the people of Cape Town and indeed the Western Cape”. Alderman Neilson continued that, “the City is committed to showcasing the raw talent of our youth. Some of the players in these teams will become household names in a few years and may even compete in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil”.

South Africa has a history of successful players emerging from its under-20 teams. These players often go on to represent the country at a national level.

“The City is very pleased that this event gives us an opportunity to test our readiness and encourages Capetonians to enjoy the event along with us,” said Alderman Neilson.


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Issued by: Communication Department, City of Cape Town

Media enquiries: Gert Bam, Director: Sport, Recreation and Amenities, Tel: 021 400 5090 or Cell: 082 222 1242

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