First On EWN: Crystal Palace to scout local talent

Alan Pardew said finding new talent would be fantastic not only his club but also for South African football.

Crystal Palace Manager, Alan Pardew. Picture: Crystal Palace/Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Speaking exclusively to EWN Sport Crystal Palace Manager, Alan Pardew said they will be on the look for players at the Cape Town Cup that they could possibly take back to England.

Palace travel to the Mother City for the two-day tournament which gets underway on 24 July.

The Premier League team will take on Supersport United in the first of two double headers at Cape Town Stadium.

Ajax Cape Town then face Sporting Clube de Portugal in the second match that evening.

Pardew said finding new talent would be fantastic not only for his club but also for South African football.

"Well It'll probably be unfair on our hosts to take their best players. You know if there's an opportunity that a player really catches the eye then for sure we'd be interested because South African football is good for us if we got the right player. So everybody will be content if we can found a player that worked for us."

Pardew said they're focused on getting much needed game time ahead of a tough season.

"The most important thing is the team plays well, it's good. And then hopefully we bring some entertainment to South Africa as well."

Pardew promised local soccer fans he will be bringing his most competitive squad, saying his top players need to get match ready for the new season.

"It's very close to our season and these are very important games for us, so we'll bring Cabaye, Puncheon, Glen Murray. You know our best players for sure."

The inaugural Cape Town Cup was unveiled in May and will feature host Ajax Cape Town, Crystal Palace, Sporting Lisbon and Supersport United between the 24 and 26 July.

The tournament is also a welcome relief for the City of Cape Town tasked with ensuring the sustainability of Cape Town Stadium.