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Palace's Last Visit to South Africa

20 July 2015

On Wednesday, the Eagles will land in South Africa to compete in the Cape Town Cup, against Supersport United and Ajax Cape Town, with European giants Sporting Clube de Portugal also taking part.

The highly-anticipated tournament will see Alan Pardew's men in action in a competitive setting, returning to South Africa for the first time since 1992.

Palace embarked on a progressive pre-season tour to the country in the summer of 1992, amid a tense period in the history of South Africa. The 23-man squad that made the trip was a diverse one, with the lies of Mark Bright, Eric Young and John Salako playing in the matches.

They went to South Africa on the 20th July 1992, exactly 23 years ago today, to play against the Kaizer Chiefs in Johannesburg and the Orlando Pirates a day later in Durban.

At the time, the tour was unprecedented, with the Eagles being the first team to visit South Africa since Tottenham Hotspur in the 1960s. Tensions were still high when Palace arrived for the games, but the tour was seen as a progressive step forward for football and South Africa - with Bafana Bafana having been re-admitted into the international game by FIFA shortly before.

Palace will spend just under a week in Cape Town this month, playing two matches, seeing the sights and experiencing South Africa, almost 23 years to the day after the club's previous visit.

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