24/07/2008 00:37, Report by Nick Coppack in Johannesburg, South Africa

Reds pledge cash for goals

Manchester United Chief Executive David Gill has pledged to match Vodacom’s contribution of R50,000 (approximately £3300) for every goal scored in this year’s pre-season tournament in South Africa.

All money raised in the Vodacom Challenge Goals For Miracles campaign will help fund cataract operations performed through the South African National Council for the Blind (SANCB), the Pretoria Eye Institute’s Sight 4 U Cataract Project, and the Netcare Vodacom Sight For Life Programme.

Speaking at a gala dinner held in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening, Mr Gill praised the initiative and said United would be honoured to match the tournament sponsors’ generosity.

He said he also hoped it would inspire Sir Alex’s side to find the net in their third and final match, to be played in Pretoria on Saturday 26 July.

The tournament total currently stands at R150,000 after the Reds drew 1-1 with Kaizer Chiefs and defeated Orland Pirates 1-0. The two South African clubs meet on Wednesday 24 July, with the winner earning a spot in the final alongside Manchester United.


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