Thursday, April 24, 2014

Super Eagles to face Bafana Bafana in Mandela challenge

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The South African team will also play against Burkina Faso.

The Super Eagles will square up against the South Africa’s senior male national team, Bafana Bafana, in August to honour national hero and former South African President, Nelson Mandela, football authorities have confirmed.

Bafana Bafana will take on the Eagles in the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Wednesday, August 14 and have another face-off with African Nations Cup runners-up, Burkina Faso, on the Nelson Mandela Sport & Culture Day at the FNB Stadium on Saturday, August 17.

The South African Football Association, SAFA, President, Kirsten Nematandani, who confirmed the dates and venues for both games, said the body was excited to be associated with such a significant project for the selfless elder statesman.

“It is a great honour for us to be associated with such a huge, significant and highly important project for our former President. When we got the invite to be part of this venture, we did not hesitate as Madiba has made a selfless sacrifice for the nation,” Nematandani was quoted as saying on SAFA’s official Facebook page.

“We are obviously mindful of the fact that the former President is not well in hospital. We can only wish him all the best for him to come out and be among us so he can continue to inspire us as he has done for many years. This event shows that no one can unite the country quite like he has and we are proud to be taking part.”

The Bafana Bafana head coach, Gordon Igesund, is expected to announce the squad for the two matches after his return from the COSAFA Cup tournament in Zambia.

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