Bafana to honour Madiba in two matches

By Drum Digital
05 July 2013

Bafana Bafana are set to take on Nigeria and Burkina Faso in honour of Nelson Mandela. The national team will play two friendly internationals within the space of four days in August, SA Football Association (Safa) confirmed on Friday.

South Africa will face African champions Nigeria in the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge in Durban on August 14, Safa said in a statement.

Three days later Bafana will face Burkina Faso at FNB Stadium on August 17, as part of Nelson Mandela Day.

"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,” said Safa president Kirsten Nematandani

"This event shows that no one can unite the country quite like he has, and we are proud to be taking part."

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