Alan Pardew, Manager of Crystal Palace reacts, issues instructions during the 2015 Cape Town Cup Final Football Match between Sporting Lisbon and Crystal Palace at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, 26 July 2015 Â©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Sunday Jul 26, 2015. 18:44
Crystal Palace head coach Alan Pardew has revealed that the club are already planning a future trip to South Africa following the successful first edition of the Cape Town Cup.
The Eagles made it to Sunday's final following a 4-0 win over SuperSport United, but missed out on silverware, going down 2-0 to Sporting Club de Portugal.
"We would love to come back. In fact, we've been discussing coming over for a mid-season break because the time difference isn't much," Pardew said in the aftermath.
The former Newcastle United boss called the clubs stay in South Africa as "absolutely superb" and admitted that he was gutted on missing out on the cup.
Pardew compared the game against Sporting to an Europa League match and was happy with the quality of football on display.
"That was a Europa League quality match today," he continued.
"I'm so pleased with that game. It was just what we wanted [from a pre-season game], but not the result obviously.
"We were expecting a high level today and it was. That was as close to a competitive game as you can get in pre-season.
Pardew lamented the absence of African stars Marouane Chamakh, Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha [the Ivorian born England international came on with 14 minutes to play].
We had three of our big offensive players missing today. No Chamakh, no Bolasie, no Zaha, so we lacked something there," Pardew added.
Palace kick-off their season against Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday 8 August.