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Wed Apr 23 21:32:51 SAST 2014

Amazulu ready for Man United

SBU MJIKELISO | 17 July, 2012 06:530 Comments
2012 MTN Football Invitational: AmaZulu press conference
Amazulu coach Roger Palmgren during a press conference at Moses Mabhida Stadium on July 16, 2012 in Durban, South Africa
Image by: Anesh Debiky / Gallo Images

AMAZULU coach Roger Palmgren believes his team will not be brushed aside by English Premier League giants Manchester United when the two teams meet in a pre-season friendly at Moses Mabhida stadium tomorrow night.

The Red Devils arrived in Durban last night without many of their big stars, such as Wayne Rooney, Nani, Patrice Evra, Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones.

These players took part in the Euro 2012 tournament.

The injured Tom Cleverley and Nemanja Vidic have also been left behind while Ryan Giggs will not make the trip as he's captaining the British Olympic team.

The squad, led by England international Rio Ferdinand, is still formidable, with the likes of Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia likely to give a the hosts a few headaches on the pitch.

Palmgren, however, insisted that his team would treat the game like any other pre-season warm-up game.

"The players will come to the party," Palmgren said. "I think our team is strong enough to offer resistance. They might be [fragile] in the opening minutes but they are going to take 15 minutes to understand who they are playing against."

In their last visit to the country, a full-strength United thrashed Kaizer Chiefs 4-0 in the 2008 Vodacom Challenge final. There will be goals for both teams, Palmgren said, but his team would avoid a similar fate.

"We're going to attack. We are going to play according to our game and not to theirs. We are preparing for the league and not just for United," he said.

"But it's a great honour to play against one of the biggest teams in the world and even though they didn't bring their so-called star players they will have an enormously strong team."

The match will be broadcast live on SABC1 and kickoff is at 8.15pm.

Meanwhile, Amazulu unveiled three new signings yesterday, Sifiso Vilakazi from Wits, Prince Hlela from Bloemfontein Celtic and Liberian international Dulee Johnson from Dutch club De Graafschap.

Johnson was roped in to plug the central midfield gap left by Thamsanqa Sangweni, who was snapped up by Mamelodi Sundowns.

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