Vodacom Challenge Called Off – Newcastle Not Participating


The Vodacom Challenge tournament next month has been called off by the organizer.



Newcastle United had been strongly rumored to have been one of the two teams invited to play in the Challenge tournament.

But the news is coming out of South Africa, via Durban newspaper The Mercury, is that the organizer, SAIL, has cancelled the event, because they say that two of the four teams that were to participate have still not yet signed on to participate.

One of the clubs is Newcastle United, who only yesterday announced they would be playing a tournament in Portugal in late July, and it had been hoped to get the famous English team to participate in the event in South  Africa.

The two local sides, Kaizer Chiefs, and the Orlando Pirates were to have taken part along with Newcastle and SuperSport United, a team located in Pretoria.

Durban’s acting deputy manager for sustainable development, Philip Sithole, said that as of the beginning of this week, only the two local sides, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, had officially signed up for the tournament.

This is also becoming political, in that opposition parties have asked why the city of Durban have to spend millions to attract sports events to the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

And with the 2013 African Cup of Nations to be hosted next January in South Africa, Mayor James Nxumalo is concerned that the cost of hosting the tournament has still not been finalized.

It’s clear Newcastle will not be participating in South Africa next month, and that will surely be a huge disappointment to all Newcastle fans in South Africa.

Maybe next year?

Thanks to reader Paul Jenshen in South Africa for alerting us to this news.

Comments welcome.



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75 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Oh Dear.

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  • tarie4

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Repost

    I don’t think moyes would got to spurs, not at all, wouldn’t bet 1p on it. At Everton he has 100% control on all football matters, who he is sold, bought, the youth system everything, whereas spurs operate like we do, levy has the final say on who is bought and sold etc, that is the main sticking point in agreeing a new deal with harry.
    harry wants more control over football matters. Unless spurs change that system, the can forget about moyes, they will just have to find a manager who can work under that, like we did I also wudnt bet on Martinez also. Coz of the same reasons.
    Liverpool had to change their system in order to attract BR. Moyes will demand the same.

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #3

    I think this is only beneficial. It didn’t really seem that all the traveling and issues last year helped the pre-season too much.
    Focus on playing some local teams, plus the tourno in Portugal. We also have a play off match for the EL if i remember correctly.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #4

    tarie4 – Andres Vilas Boas will get the Spurs job, watch this space

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Colin ?@cwarr07

    BREAKING NEWS – Harry Redknapp has left Spurs tonight to become Demba Ba’s agent #nufc #thfc

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  • No Plain Saylor

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Pity that! I always liked to see pre season somewhere different 🙁

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #8

    repost

    graham cwarr

    u pullin me leg or am a just showin me age?? never herd that 1 before like haha

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #9

    The hollish are paying the price for not putting vorm or krul between the sticks. Oh and for being generally crap.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Durban’s acting deputy manager for sustainable development, Philip Sithole,

    Very unfortunate name there Philip 😉
    A surname that implies you just sit on yer hole

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  • WWYCD

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Dannyo
    I agree on Moyes if Pards left Id have him in to replace in a heartbeat

    Ah well bye bye ‘arry hopefully Spurs will drop like a stone without him

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Marty – just wondering if his name was on the brochure for the tournament and was unfortunately misread. I’ve heard Durban is a nice place.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #13

    @gateshead centuries old term mate. Now graces medieval fantasy rpgs and the like mostly

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #14

    back to mid table when a couple of the big hitters leave spuds I fear. Harry is running out of clubs near his house now mind.

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  • No Plain Saylor

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Haha at redknapp, he’ll p1ss of now to a job in the middle east and launder some money. I didn’t actually mind the fella till he opened hia mouth about ba’s contract

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #16

    @WWJCD
    Think Verthogen still joining them? Maybe we have a shot on him again?

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Cwar Er are you misunderstanding gateshead’s irony deliberately, or raising him one?

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  • No Plain Saylor

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #18

    @ dannyo
    That’s a good shout! We might do 🙂

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Tsunki shhhhhhh i might have a bite

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #20

    lol nevermind think a prefer to think of them as transfer herbs

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #21

    Tsunki
    I’m sure it’s a nice spot but yer mans name maybe put the other teams off and all the fans that were expected lol

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #22

    cwarr – you do and it’s me apparently! 🙂

    Marty – yes a shame shows you really need to proof read your brochures and not just get them sent straight out from the printers ha ha.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Nobody seems to REALLY know if floppychops is on his way. Press statement tomorrow morning.
    It’s good for us if any side just above or just below us is in disarray as it will disrupt them next season.
    Ah reckon it’ll take a goodly while for Liverfool to undo the damage done by Dogleash too. The Swansea way took several seasons to develop.
    Is Anfield a wide pitch ?

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  • tarie4

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #24

    GeordieToon89

    Yeh maybe, but as I said, they will need to revamp their structure in order to attract the likes of moyes rvb etc, its like if pards left us, we would have no hope hell in getting likes of moyes etc as they will not agree to work under this structure we have. We got lucky with pards tbh. He was a diamond in the ruff.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #25

    @Tsunki you should know me by now. Never the serious type for too long. Especially in silly seasin

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  • tarie4

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #26

    Dannyo

    Verthogen will still join them if spurs meet Ajax valuation, he pretty much said that the wage packet he had been offered at spurs was important to him, so yeh..he is theirs unless another team offers the same wage packet and is in the CL.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #27

    mfh – not sure it is, it’s smaller than ours I think. You think this will affect the way the new man shapes his side?

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  • hotdog

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Seems strange that Floppy Chops (Who came up with that name class) is on his way and Di Matteo is announced as Chelsea boss. Why the same day any link here??

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  • WWYCD

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Dannyo
    Reckon his asking price puts us off him though he might be put off by HR leaving as far as I know he wanted to play under ‘arry

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  • Beardo

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #30

    Moyes will skim Everton, taking Fellaini and Baines with him, along with other signings making Spurs into a real force 🙁

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Tsunki,

    Swansea played like crabs half the time.

    Am very interested to see if he can turn the bindippers into a really good side. It’s a lot different from inheriting a way of playing, like he did at Swans, and a side mostly already in place and just tweaking it. And their only real star is getting on a bit.
    Mind you , who’d have thought the grey fox would have done the biz so well for us. I think managers are the biggest plus for any club followed by the money they are allowed to invest. That’s why Moyes is so good and also why it was a shame Bolton went down too.

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  • hotdog

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #32

    Jesus have you seen the knockers on the News Reader on Skysports News 🙂

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  • hotdog

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #33

    No replies – you all got remotes in hands haha

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #34

    If I was Levy I wouldn’t even try to get Moyes. I think he might prove to have real loyalties to the blues.
    He has got a lot of choice – there’s some good managerial talent around…Jus hope we have stability for a good few years even if had the occasional rough season and dropped 3 or 4 places. I think Pardiola is aiming higher than 5th though

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #35

    The scousers of even a few seasons ago used to play fast paced one or two touch stuff and did it all game which along with their tireless closing down made them proper awkward to play against. They looked nowt like that at all for a season or two now. Still don’t see where Carroll fits in though?????

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #36

    Here are the top 20 pitches ranked in order of size. The large number after the size of the pitch is calculated by multiplying the length and width of the pitch (in yards):

    1. Manchester City, City of Manchester Stadium, 116 x 77 yards, 8932
    2. Manchester United, Old Trafford, 116 x 76 yards, 8816
    3. Blackburn Rovers, Ewood Park, 115 x 76 yards, 8740
    4. Everton, Goodison Park, 112 x 78 yards, 8736
    5. Aston Villa, Villa Park, 114 x 75 yards, 8550
    6. Middlesbrough, Riverside, 114 x 75 yards, 8550
    7. Arsenal, Emirates Stadium, 114 x 74 yards, 8436
    8. Derby County, Pride Park, 114 x 74 yards, 8436
    9. Reading, Madjeski Stadium, 111 x 76 yards, 8436
    10. Sunderland, Stadium of Light, 114 x 74 yards, 8436
    11. Wigan Athletic, JJB Stadium, 114 x 74 yards, 8436
    12. Portsmouth, Fratton Park, 115 x 73 yards, 8395
    13. Chelsea, Stamford Bridge, 110 x 75 yards, 8250
    14. Fulham, Craven Cottage, 110 x 75 yards, 8250
    15. Liverpool, Anfield, 110 x 75 yards, 8250
    16. Birmingham City, St. Andrews, 110 x 74 yards, 8140
    17. Newcastle United, St. James’s Park, 110 x 73 yards, 8030
    18. Tottenham Hotspur, White Hart Lane, 110 x 73 yards, 8030
    19. Bolton Wanderers, Reebok Stadium, 110 x 72 yards, 7920
    20. West Ham United, Boleyn Ground, 110 x 70 yards, 7700

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #37

    Tsunki

    No, nor me. It was Dogleash who loved his 4-4-2 with big CF target man. Reckon Carroll might be on his way out – either that or he adapts his style of play with a new coach. Do you reckon he’s good enough to do that ?

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #38

    damn was sure SJP was bigger than anfield. Where did you get that list? Groundsman’s monthly? Is the Etihad pitch a centre-page pullout? Free bag of grass seed? Ok stopped now.

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  • hotdog

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #39

    MFH – That cant be right can it, Craven Cottgae bigger pitch than toon!!!

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #40

    MagpiesFlyHigh

    i thort nufc had the maximun dimentioned pitch that ur allowed to have??

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