We’re not sure if the news is true, so we’ll be a little careful, but it’s being reported that Newcastle United could be touring South Africa this summer, and that will be great news for fans in South Africa, who were so disappointed when last year’s tour was cancelled at the last moment.
The news is being reported by kickoff.com and Newcastle will play two games in late July, but again we caution this is not official – until announced by Newcastle United.
The games are said to be against Ajax Cape Town and Everton – and the dates are as follows:
Newcastle United v Ajax Cape Town (20th July 2013)
Newcastle United v Everton (27th July 2013)
Everton v Ajax Cape Town (27th July 2013)
Newcastle fans – especially those in South Africa – will remember last summer when we were supposed to be in the Vodacom Challenge – but that was canceled at the last moment, and the club had to scramble to get some pre-season games arranged.
And only a couple of months ago, Derek LLambias had said the sponsors had let Newcastle down at the last moment, and it seems Newcastle are trying to get something arranged earlier this year – so it will be more certain, and we’ll not have similar events happen this summer.
So this will be great news for our fans in South Africa – if it’s true – but we should probably take it with a (big) pinch of salt until it’s confirmed.
And it’s being partially confirmed by a Cape Town spokesman, Grant Pascoe, who gave the dates of the above matches – but says it is all still subject to the council signing off on the games and the relevant costs.
That doesn’t sound too cast iron certain to us.
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