x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

City change SA match venue

Manchester City have confirmed the opening game of their three-match summer tour of South Africa will now be played in Polokwane.

Manchester City have confirmed the opening game of their three-match summer tour of South Africa will now be played in Polokwane. The July 18 meeting with Orlando Pirates was due to take place in Cape Town but sponsorship issues mean a new venue had to be found and organisers plumped for the Peter Mokaba Stadium, which will host four games during next year's World Cup. City are also due to play in Durban and Pretoria during the week-long tour, with a friendly at Barnsley also arranged for August 1. In addition, it is believed the Blues are in discussion over a visit to Glasgow, while opponents for the annual Thomas Cook Trophy on August 8 or 9 have also to be confirmed. twoods@thenational.ae