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New Zealanders coming to South Africa 26/02/04
Fencibles United AFC from New Zealand have confirmed that their under-19 team will participate in the popular Metropolitan Youth Cup (MYC) which is held annaully over the Easter vacation period.

Reaz Moorad, head coach of Fencibles, spoke to SAsoccer365 reporter Shahied Joseph about his team's first trip to Africa.

"We have decided to participate in the MYC and not the African Youth Cup (AYC)," Moorad said.

"The costs involved with the AYC is beyond our budget and we've opted instead for the MYC.

"It's a tournament we're looking forward to compete in and also the boys are excited as this will be their first visit to South Africa."

The 20-man delegation comprising of 15 players and five club officials will arrive in Cape Town on the 2nd April and will depart on the 16th of April. The team will train at Ikamva according to Moorad.

"We're all looking forward to visiting Cape Town as it is most of the guys first trip to South Africa.

"We've recieved assistance from Ajax Cape Town who will allow us to use their training facilities while we are in Cape Town.

Moorad, an ex-pat, has four South African-born players in his team and is confident they wil display the South African flair they were born with.

"I've got four youngsters in my team whose dad's all played in the Federation Professional League (FPL).

"The team definitely has what it takes to make an impact on this tournament as last season we won the national under-19 league undefeated," Moorad exclaimed.

Current South African cricket assistant coach Vincent Barnes and former FPL player himself with Cape based Battswood FC has also offered the New Zealanders assistance.

"Vincent Barnes, who I know from my days a soccer player back home has also come forward to assist the team with our trip to SA and so far everythings going to plan, I'm picking up our air-tickets later this morning.

"Needless to say we're all very pleased with the assistance we are getting from  the people in South Africa, it's already making our journey pleasurable," said Moorad.

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