First prize will be to open for Rio Ferdinand

2013-08-04 14:00

The Manchester United Premier Cup world finals kick off on Tuesday, with the ultimate prize of playing in the curtain raiser at Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial game on Friday.

Rosina Sedibane Sports School will carry South Africa’s hopes at the Under-15 championships, which celebrate their 20th anniversary this year.

The Right to Dream Academy is Africa’s other representative. The Pretoria-based school booked its ticket to Manchester during the South African finals in June.

In the United Kingdom, the Mzansi lads will be among 20 nations whose names go into a hat for the tournament draw tomorrow.

While Rosina is the first South African school to qualify for the annual junior event that is mostly dominated by clubs, there are several big names, such as hosts Manchester United and Arsenal from England, Real Madrid from Spain, Borussia Dortmund from Germany and AC Milan from Italy vying for honours this year.

The tournament was first held in 1993 as a regional competition and has grown to become one of the most recognised junior championships in the world.

One of the world-famous players who came through the Under-15 event is Manchester United and Mexico striker Javier Hernández.

The matches will take place at United’s first team training grounds, while the final has been scheduled to take place at Old Trafford on Friday. The fixture will open the proceedings at Manchester United defender Ferdinand’s tribute match.

United will face Spanish side Sevilla in the Rio Ferdinand testimonial.

» Follow Daniel Mothowagae’s coverage of the world finals of the Manchester United Premier Cup in the UK at www.citypress.co.za/sport this week

»You can also follow him on Twitter @daniemothowagae

» Mothowagae is in the UK courtesy of Nike SA

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