'Birds' first team to visit Germany

Moroka Swallows, together with their title sponsor, Volkswagen South Africa, are delighted to announce that the club's Premier Soccer League squad will be visiting Germany from July 16-22.

During this time, the team is to participate in the first International Volkswagen Challenge Trophy against Volkswagen-owned and sponsored Bundesliga team, VFL Wolfsburg.

Swallows are the current holders of the Volkswagen Challenge Trophy after beating Volkswagen's Mvela League team, Bay United, 3-0 in the inaugural challenge held in Port Elizabeth in July 2006.

Although the Challenge Trophy has been in existence for one year only it is a great achievement that the competition has now been expanded internationally with VFL Wolfsburg taking up the 'Challenge'!

Moroka Swallows will have the privilege of staying at the same hotel which hosted the Polish national team during the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The hotel boasts world-class training facilities, which are perfect for the club's pre-season preparations.

The players will also have the fantastic opportunity of visiting Wolfsburg - the home of Volkswagen - where they will be treated to a tour of the famous Autostadt, which documents the history of the 'People's Car'.

Swallows CEO Leon Prins is thrilled about the upcoming trip.

"This is an amazing opportunity for the club and its players to visit Europe and to participate in an international match against a top-flight Bundesliga team like VFL Wolfsburg," Prince told the official Swallows website.

He added: "We will be taking this opportunity to ensure that we are properly prepared for the 2007/08 season, and you can expect to see some exciting youngsters from our development teams coming along for the experience.

"I would like to thank Volkswagen for this exciting first and we look forward to making our sponsor and South Africa proud."

Bill Stephens, the GM of Communications at Volkswagen South Africa, added: "Volkswagen of South Africa are delighted with the achievements of Moroka Swallows in the highly competitive PSL since we became the 'Beautiful Birds' major sponsors two seasons ago.

"The opportunity for Swallows to come up against the Volkswagen AG sponsored VFL Wolfsburg side in Germany, is a further extension of this great partnership.

"We wish Swallows everything of the best and are confident that the 'Beautiful Birds' will bring home the Trophy."

Meanwhile, plans are already in progress to host VFL Wolfsburg in South Africa in 2008 to showcase South Africa's 2010 FIFA World Cup preparations.

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