Flames stand-in captain Moses Chavula has missed on a lifetime opportunity to play against one of the worldâ€™s greatest team Manchester United, who play his former club Amazulu next month.
Chavulaâ€™s two-year contract with Amazulu was terminated two weeks ago.
United, who finished last season without any silverware, visit South Africa and will play Amazulu at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on July 18 and Ajax Cape Town at Cape Town Stadium on July 21.
The games will form part of the Soccer Challenge to highlight the aims of Mandela Day which falls on July 18.
Chavula said in an interview that he is saddened that he will not be part of the historical game, but said his life must move on.
“It is an honour to play against Manchester United who are the most successful team in England. They have great stars and such exposure comes very rare in a lifetime. I would have loved to be there, but I have to face the fact that I am no longer there,” said Chavula.
Flames midfielder Joseph Kamwendo also missed the chance of playing against Manchester United in 2009 in the Vodacom Challenge after Pirates coach Ruud Krol decided to rest top players in preparation for a match against rivals Kaizer Chiefs two days later.
But Kamwendo had the honour of playing against other top English Premier League sides Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, whom he scored against on his Pirates debut in 2007.