DURBAN – The match between Bafana Bafana and Mali in Port Elizabeth on Sunday may be a friendly but it is important for a number of reasons, one of them being a chance to honour Madiba at a venue named after the struggle icon.
Branded the Nelson Mandela Challenge, this year’s match will also provide a platform for the authorities to speak up against xenophobia following the attacks on foreign nationals which led to African countries withdrawing their scheduled games against SA.
On the football pitch, Bafana are unbeaten at Mandela’s showpiece for the past four years and they will be out to defend that impressive record. Last year they drew with Paraguay at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium and so shared the trophy. The last time Bafana lost in the competition was back in 2013 at the expense of Nigeria, who won 2-0, also at Moses Mabhida.
It’s all systems go for this year’s Nelson Mandela Challenge.— Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) October 4, 2019
The Nelson Mandela Bay 🏟 will play host to this year’s edition.
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