Last night, Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, with 51,000 excited fans played host to English Premier Football team Manchester United for their friendly against local PSL team AmaZulu.
The match is the first of two friendlies arranged for Manchester United to play in South Africa’s against local teams. The next game against Ajax is scheduled for Saturday 21 July at Cape Town Stadium. In what was a tight match, Manchester United came out victorious with a final result of 1 – 0 at the final whistle.
Federico Macheda was the hero of the moment when he collected a pass from Dimitar Berbatov and drilled home a low right-footed effort beyond AmaZulu goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini.
Coach Alex Ferguson was impressed by the performance of AmaZulu, giving praise to the team and saying “They showed a lot of positive signs. I think they did very well. They weren’t overwhelmed by the occasion in any way.”
Ferguson singled out 30-year-old defender Tsweu Mokoro for playing both a solid defence and attack, particularly in the second half of the match. “I thought the number 32, the right back, did very well. He was very aggressive, very positive, a good defender,” said the United coach.
AmaZulu coach Roger Palmgren was thrilled with his team’s performance in the game that was also played on the birthday of former President Nelson Mandela. ”It was a wonderful occasion and we were happy to be part of it,” Palmgren said.
Source: Super Sport