Bafana vs Brazil ‘more than just a match’

2014-02-27 14:36

Wednesday’s international friendly match between Bafana Bafana and Brazil is more than just a game of soccer.

This was revealed by South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan and Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane today.

Addressing a media briefing at Safa House in Nasrec, the pair said there were six pillars to this match.

These are the:

» Handing over of the Brics chairmanship from South Africa to Brazil;

» Transfer of the Brics Business Committee leadership by Patrice Motsepe;

» Celebration of 20 years of freedom;

» Celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium;

» Official launch of the new partnership between Safa and Nike (as a technical sponsor) and

» Government’s official handover of the World Cup hosting reigns from South Africa (2010) to Brazil (2014).

“These are quite significant features,” said Jordaan. “Nelson Mandela addressed the nation from the FNB Stadium after he was released from prison. The stadium hosted Chris Hani’s funeral and this is where the nation bid farewell to Madiba.”

Jordaan said it was important to celebrate the 20 years of freedom from a sporting perspective.

“If we had not been free in 1994, we would not have hosted the 1995 Rugby World Cup, the Africa Cup of Nations the following year, the Cricket World Cup in 2003 and the soccer World Cup in 2010.”

He also revealed that Brazil would launch its World Cup Nike jersey during the match while Bafana will play in an all-white temporal kit.

Mokonyane said the nation should support Bafana Bafana as if they were going to war, on Wednesday.

“As the Gauteng government, we will always enter into such partnerships with Safa because they are not only for the benefit of our province but the country as a whole,” she said.

She insisted that the money that government gave towards this was “not going to Safa but the project”.

Stadium Management CEO Jacques Grobbelaar assured the public that the pitch will be in perfect condition despite the match coming after a concert at the venue.

He said 36 000 tickets has been sold by this morning.

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