Chelsea, Boca for Peace Cup

A NEW Peace Cup will be played in Cape Town in November with clubs like England's Chelsea and Boca Juniors of Argentina participating.

A NEW Peace Cup will be played in Cape Town in November with clubs like England's Chelsea and Boca Juniors of Argentina participating.

The Under-19 event, which is jointly organised by South African Peace Conference, Nobel Peace Centre and City of Cape Town, will be launched in Oslo, Norway, tomorrow.

Irvin Khoza, chairperson of the Premier Soccer League (PSL), will lead a delegation from South Africa to the launch. The PSL is also involved in the event.

Sowetan has learnt that Fifa president Sepp Blatter has accepted an invitation to attend the tournament's final since he will also be in Cape Town for the 2010 World Cup draw.

Besides Chelsea and Boca the other overseas clubs participating are Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany) and Stabek (Norway).

Orlando Pirates, Super Sport United, Santos and Ajax Cape Town are the local clubs that will compete in the tournament.

Norwegian Kjetil Siem, the PSL's chief executive, said: "We are honoured to have these teams participating in this tournament.

"The message of peace and harmony needs to be spread across the world through every possible medium and football can play a huge part in ensuring this."

City of Cape Town's Gert Bam said the tournament was part of the ongoing partnership between Santos, Ajax and the local municipality to promote soccer in the Mother City.

The tournament will start on November 26, with the matches played at Athlone Stadium, Erica Park (Belhar) and Stephan Regan Stadium in Mitchells Plain.

The king and queen of Norway will be among an array of local and international dignitaries who will attend the tournament.

The original Peace Cup, in which Bafana Bafana played Norway, was postponed after the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, was denied a visa to enter South Africa.

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