Opportunity for SA fans to watch Arsenal, Man City in new season

2014-08-07 09:23

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More than 120 South African football fans will watch Manchester City and Arsenal English Premiership matches live at the Etihad and Emirates stadiums this season.

This is thanks to a partnership struck between Hansa Pilsener and the two football giants that sees Hansa become their official beer.

In an announcement at Marks Park, Johannesburg, last night, the brand’s general manager Khensani Nobanda revealed that her company will be taking a lucky winner and two friends to a match featuring one of these clubs right through the 2014/2015 season, which ends in May.

Besides the match tickets, the winners will also get autographed merchandise from the club whose match they attend.

“Hansa is a beer brewed for dreamers and it’s a brand that represents pulling out all the stops until you reach your goal. For fans and players alike, football represents that effort. It’s about never giving up, whether your team is at the bottom of the log for one season, whether your star player transfers to a rival team or sustains an injury, or whether you lose on home ground,” said Nobanda.

Manchester City, who won the Barclays Premiership and the Capital One Cup in the past season, face FA Cup holders Arsenal in the season curtain-raiser, The Charity Shield, at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

The clash should be an exciting one, following the new players’ signing frenzy that has gone on in the off-season.

The company is also running a media SuperBru prediction pool competition for the Barclays Premier League 2014/2015 season. The winner will get two tickets to the United Kingdom to watch Manchester City play Arsenal on January 17 2015.

Nobanda said her company was working on other exciting initiatives that would enable more South Africans to watch these clubs on a cheaper platform. She said they were also working hard at bringing the two European giants to play a match here in Mzansi, “probably at Orlando Stadium”.

The two clubs’ representatives present at the event didn’t rule out their clubs starting development projects here.

The event was emceed by South African football legend Marks Maponyane. Also present was former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Andre Arendse, who played for Fulham in the English league and is now a SuperSport football analyst.

Details of the competition will be released soon in the media.

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