United to go global in ‘Football Mundial’ filming of PSL opening match

2009-08-06 00:00

MARITZBURG United will get a rare opportunity to attain global exposure when the build-up and action of their opening Premier Soccer League game of the season against SuperSport United at Woodburn Stadium tomorrow night is showcased on an international TV soccer magazine show.

United’s opening game will be featured as part of a profile of the PSL by football magazine show Football Mundial, brand manager Younus Kadodia said yesterday.

“The show’s producers called us last week and said they’re coming to South Africa because of the World Cup and in a broader sense to profile the PSL, though focusing on one club. We are just fortunate to be playing the first game of the season, so they chose us.

“They will be here for the next two days [today and tomorrow] attending a training session, and want to interview the coach [Gordon Igesund], the captain [Bageta Dikilu] and chairman [Farouk Kadodia], as well as any activity off the field such as the pre-match dinner, and they have the rights from [pay-channel] SuperSport to film the match,” Kadodia said.

“We are hopeful that the people of the city will come out in their numbers for the game to showcase Pietermaritzburg as a potential training venue for the World Cup around the world.”

United CEO Afzal Khan said various administrative details surrounding the documentation for the team’s new Senegalese players, defender Mor Diouf and playmaker Vito Badiane, should be cleared up by the tomorrow’s game.

“We’re almost there and the hiccups with Home Affairs appear to have been cleared up,” said Khan.

He added that team manager Quintin Jettoo was sent to Johannesburg last night “to finalise everything tomorrow morning”.

“The issue was to do with their work permits where we were asked for a police clearance from Senegal, which we had faxed to us, but the official at Home Affairs wanted the original. We had someone who was coming out from Senegal bring the original for us.”

United got a first-hand view of SuperSport when the full squad travelled with Igesund to view the defending PSL champions’ MTN8 quarter-final against AmaZulu at Chatsworth Stadium on Tuesday night. SuperSport lost 4-3 on penalties after drawing 2-2 after extra time.

Last night United trained under the floodlights at Woodburn, which have been improved by having 24 new bulbs added.

“The squad worked on the tactical aspects for Friday night’s game, and they are almost in shape now,” Khan said.

•Tickets for Friday night’s game (kick-off at 8pm) are available from Computicket, the club offices at 397 Victoria Road and SuperSave in Retief Street (R30 grandstand, R20 open stand). Women enter free to mark Women’s Day on Sunday.

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