'Why we chose Man United'
CAPE Town has chosen Manchester United ahead of Africa because it's cheaper and more popular.
That was the rationale given by the Mother City for agreeing to stage a match involving the English Premier League giants rather than any side at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals that will be hosted by South Africa.
Cape Town city councillor Grant Pascoe, a member of the mayoral committee, defended Cape Town's decision to reject that chance to host any of next year's Afcon matches while agreeing to host Man United.
Pascoe said staging the Afcon matches would have cost R20m but United would cost "less than R7m and still make money".
United will play AmaZulu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on July 18 and take on Ajax Cape Town on July 21 at the Cape Town Stadium.
"We look at iconic brands, that is our strategy," said Pascoe. "Man U will probably travel with about 100 foreign media and they are going to have TV and broadcasting live even though this is a friendly. And that helps us and puts us on the map.
"And we probably got a bargain," he said. "If Durban are spending R7m, we will spend less and still make some revenue."
He hit back at Safa and the Afcon Local Organising Committee for poor communicationt.
"The questions we asked were never answered. But Manchester United chose us."
Gate takings will also add to the revenue Pascoe referred to, with tickets priced at R150 to R350.
"On the Cape Flats and across town, Man United is the most supported European team. So it is going to be very easy to fill up the stadium," he said.