ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
For Immediate Release
 
27 July 2016
 
Teams Arrives in Durban for the Durban Under 19 International Football Tournament
 
It’s all systems go for the third instalment of the Durban Under 19 International Football Tournament to be held in Durban from 28 July to 6 August.
 
Most of the participating teams have arrived in the City except for the Congolese giants TP Mazembe FC that will land in Durban at 19h30 today, 27 July.
 
English giants, Arsenal Football Club who are in Group A were the first team to arrive in Durban to defend the Durban Under 19 International Football Tournament title. They arrived yesterday, 26 July and they will play their first match against the KZN Academy XI at King Zwelithini Stadium on Thursday, 28 July 2016 at 16h30. The South African side, Lamontville Golden Arrows will play against the Sporting Lisbon of Portugal at 14h15.
 
Today the famous Brazilian side, Fluminense Football Club were the first team to arrive at 11h30 and they didn’t waste time as they went straight to training to prepare for their Group B opening encounter against TP Mazembe at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Friday, 29 July at 14h15.
 
Fluminense was followed by the arrival of Sporting Lisbon, South Africa National U19 and Glasgow Rangers FC. The National Under 19 team will battle with Glasgow Rangers at 16h30 at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Friday.
 
EThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo said the City was thrilled to host the third instalment of the tournament which has proved to be the breeding ground for great players.
 
“As the City we have put measures in place to ensure the smooth running of the tournament. I want to urge the people of eThekwini to come out in numbers to support the participating teams. For the past two years the tournament finals were played at Moses Mabhida Stadium, this year we took a decision that the final match should be played at King Zwelithini Stadium so that the games are brought closer to the people,” said Nxumalo
 
The Goalkeeper Coach of Arsenal Football Club, Jayson Brown, said that they were excited to be part of the tournament again.
 
“We are back in South Africa to defend our title and we have brought back some of the players that participated in the tournament last year to ensure consistency. We had our first training at Moses Mabhida outfields today and our boys are both physically and mentally fit for their opening match against the host KZN Academy XI,” said Brown.
 
Entry to all the matches is free. For accreditations members of the media can contact Simphiwe Dlamini on simphiwe.dlamini@durban.gov.za or 082 792 6899.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communication Tozi Mthethwa
 
For more information members of the media can contact Gugu Sisilana on 0313114855 or email: gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za or Princess
 
Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or email: princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za
 
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