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Posted: 15 May 2008 Time: 14:02

Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are expected to field a host of new signings to test Manchester United in the coveted Vodacom Challenge.

In the 2006 Vodacom Challenge final, Kaizer Chiefs beat the Red Devils, as Manchester United are known, in a thrilling penalty shoot-out at the Loftus Stadium in Tshwane.

With Vodacom Challenge soccer action just weeks away, both Orlando Pirates coach Owen da Gama and Kaizer Chiefs’ mentor Muhsin Ertugral have expressed a sense of excitement at the prospect of guiding their teams through the pre-season phase that includes fixtures against a world-class club of the calibre of Manchester United.

Kaizer Chiefs’ recent Soweto Derby victory over Orlando Pirates proved that they have regained their rhythm and confidence which bodes well for the annual tournament.

Last year, London side Tottenham Hotspurs triumphed in the second year of the new-look Vodacom Challenge format, but both Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs will be on a mission to take the African soccer renaissance to new heights.

Computicket, Checkers, Checkers-Hyper and Shoprite outlets throughout the country are expected to be a hive of activity today, when the much-sought-after Vodacom Challenge match tickets go on sale.

The Vodacom Challenge schedule will kick-off with Kaizer Chiefs taking on Manchester United at the Newlands Stadium in the Western Cape on Saturday, 19 July.

Tickets for this match will be on sale at just R250 (west stand), R120 (north and south stands), R120 (east stand lower level) and R60 (east stand upper level).

The action will then move to the Absa Stadium in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday, July 22 for the showdown between Orlando Pirates and the English visiting club, with tickets on sale at R250 (west and east stand lower level), R120 (north and south stands) and R60 (west and east stand upper level).

On Thursday, July 24, the EPRU stadium in the Eastern Cape will once again be the scene of the ‘Soweto Derby’ between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs to decide which team will qualify to play Manchester United in the final of this year’s tournament.

Last year’s Vodacom Challenge match was watched by more television viewers than any previous derby, a record for any SA soccer match. All stand tickets to the Derby in Port Elizabeth will go on sale at only R45 each.

The showpiece final is expected to be played in front of a sell-out crowd at the Loftus stadium in Gauteng, the Home of Champions on Saturday, July 26. Tickets for the grand finale in Tshwane will be on sale at R250 (west stand), R120 (north and south stands), R120 (east lower level stand) and R60 (east stand upper level).

“The ticket prices have been structured to allow all South African supporters to enjoy the Vodacom Challenge Soccer Experience,” said Brand De Villiers, CEO SAIL Group.

“Building on the successes of previous years we will once again adopt a reserve seating policy. Spectators are encouraged to get their tickets early to secure the best seat in the house. If supporters wish to sit together they are encouraged to purchase their tickets together.

No tickets will be sold at the stadiums on match day.

For all group bookings (9 tickets or more) supporters are urged to contact Computicket Corporate Bookings on (011) 340 8128.

Corporate hospitality packages are available from Circa Hospitality on 086 112 4722.

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 02:06 pm
Aowa man. Bring something different pls. Where are Madrid, Barcelona and other's. Phela when they say ingoma ye mnandi ya phendwa they don't mean this..Hau hau
posted: 02:09 pm
posted: 02:11 pm
CHIEFS suppoters this must be painful even KICK OFF have come with terms that u are not BIG in SA,as they say SOWETO GIANTS,u are big only when compared to SOWETO teams,DIEPKLOOF UNITED,MLETSANE SPURS ORLANDO RANGERS and others that are teams u a compared to not the CHAMPION.
posted: 02:13 pm
posted: 02:15 pm
In the 2006 Vodacom Challenge final, Kaizer Chiefs beat the Red Devils, as Manchester United are known, in a thrilling penalty shoot-out at the Loftus Stadium in Tshwane.
posted: 02:16 pm
those are also big team PIRATES and CHIEFS should challenge first division teams like FC CAPE TOWN,BLACK ACES,FC AK and DAYNAMOS and others.after that u can challenge teams from MALAWIeg for AL AHLY and other CHAMPIONS those are the team to play SUNDOWNS.
posted: 02:16 pm
they suppose to say MAN U Cteam will cum here to destry CHIPS and RATS
posted: 02:18 pm

You have a point...hehehehe
posted: 02:20 pm
beliave me guys whether u like it or not manchester united are going to bring in most of reserve team players.if he can take the risk against barcelona do u think he can bring full united to the dead teams,no ways,maybe if it was sundowns maybe.but knowing sir ferg he will bring reserve.
posted: 02:20 pm
hahahaha...Nito....hahahaha...who do you support?

I am enjoying this people.
posted: 02:21 pm
Gadafi: nito: my friend i think u'r obsessed wit' u'r Limpopo yes i'm also from lim but lets comment about socca not people in limp

who said im from lim im just tryin to correct that mogoe
posted: 02:23 pm
hahahaha...Chips and Rats are in trouble.

So guys, are you saying Man U CTeam will beat Chips and Rats? hahahahahahahahahahaha.....wait a minute guys, my stomach is painful of laughing.
posted: 02:25 pm
u are the first one to impress me u know ur country u must advatise or campgain what ever u r saying people they must realise that big co.. must polow back to u.u are the only wise person in this site maybe with DR maybe....
posted: 02:25 pm
tshifhiwa: Hehehehe...Ndivhuwo...hehehehe

i support the big TEAM my frind not in terms of history but Performance nd quality. history teams (CHIPS nd RATS) are like peole who think jan van riebeck owns the cape
posted: 02:28 pm
12+5-1=12: SOKKA CRITIC
u are the first one to impress me u know ur country u must advatise or campgain what ever u r saying people they must realise that big co.. must polow back to u.u are the only wise person in this site maybe with DR maybe....

whts ur story YOU LOST Generation. agg u sound lyk u from emathothombe ase Tembisa.
posted: 02:29 pm
Guys, Arsenal A team is coming to take on the only SA giant (Sundowns). Ticket will be available soon. Don't buy this rubbish tickets to watch Chips and Rats vs Man U CTeam. Save your money.
posted: 02:31 pm
Nito, don't worry about 12+5-1=12. He is useless and he is a volleyball fan. He is lost....
posted: 02:34 pm
tivani your talking my friend but this is busness. not charity.

gotta go to the SAP (authorisation) meeting comin at 15.30
posted: 02:36 pm
Ayeye! The Great Teams Ayeye!

I am back from computicket to get my ticket for the world class CLUBS. Whatever the other clowns are going to say; only the best plays and beat the best. No but in between. The rest will just make noise as their asses are itch for another history to be made.

You will always come second after THE GREAT MIGHTY AMAKHOSI. Like I said before, we at Chiefs we don’t take that as offence, as we are the leader and lead by example. The rest will follow.
posted: 02:40 pm
sokka critic
if u think i will say u are wise againg forget it,u are also stupid .u keep on repeating ,know that not sokka critic it brand critic stupid what kind of name is tivani i u mozambiquen?
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