Sponsorship lifts Man City

ETIHAD Airways, the Abu Dhabi-based national airline, were yesterday unveiled as the new official sponsors of South Africa-bound Manchester City.

ETIHAD Airways, the Abu Dhabi-based national airline, were yesterday unveiled as the new official sponsors of South Africa-bound Manchester City.

The big-spending English Premiership outfit have signed a three-year deal with this giant United Arab Emirates company.

The deal was announced by Etihad chief executive James Hogan and City's chief executive Garry Cook in Manchester yesterday.

City will launch their new sponsorship in South Africa in July when they will be here for the 2009 Vodacom Challenge against Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

Cook had made it clear City will bring along all their stars including Robinho, Elano, Craig Bellamy, Shaun Wright- Phillips and Wayne Bridge.

The Sky Blues also boast Benjani Mwaruwari, who played for Jomo Cosmos before going to Europe.

Irvin Khoza and Kaizer Motaung, chairpersons of Pirates and Chiefs said the challenge will also help in familiarising soccer lovers with some of the Fifa requirements,

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