Black Cats enter lion's den

by Sunderland AFC

U16s on tour.

Sunderland under-16s team, who have been in South Africa this week, took a welcome break from the Future Champions Cup to take in some of the history and culture of the Rainbow Nation.

The young Black Cats, who confirmed their place as runners up to Mamelodi Sundown in group D with a 1-1 draw against American side USYSA Select, visited some of South Africa’s most famous tourist attractions as part of Cultural Day.

The under-16 team ,who were accompanied by academy coaches and SAFC’s head of international football development, Graham Robinson, started their day with a trip to Vilakaze Street, once the home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.

Later in the day the group visited Soccer City, venue for the 2010 FIFA World Cup final. Lunch followed at Maropeng, where the group took in some fantastic African scenery and learned some of the country’s rich history.

After lunch the group visited the Lion Park in Randburg, where they came face to face with the king of the jungle and saw a number of other native animals.

The day finished with a trip to the Lakes Hotel in Benoni for a Gala Dinner, here the boys performed the ‘Cha Cha Slide’ routine as part of a fun competition set up by organisers at the Future Champions Cup.

SAFC have been in South Africa this past week participating in the Future Champions Cup and delivering community projects as part of its many partnerships in the country.