South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan has pleaded with sports-loving South Africans not to abandon the Bafana Bafana in their game against Egypt in the Nelson Mandela Challenge.
The 22nd edition of the Nelson Mandela Challenge is due to kick off at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday‚ September 6 at 7pm. One of the primary reason why the annual celebratory match holds is to pool additional contribution to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.
And this will not be the first time the Pharaohs would be playing the Bafana Bafana. Our Northern Africa brothers had slug it out with South African national team in 1998, 2001 and 2006.
Current Winner Of The Nelson Mandela Challenge
In 1998, the two powerhouses locked horns for the first time in the 5th Edition, played at FNB Stadium on 16 December, 1998. South Africa won 2-1. The Pharoah won the cup in the 12th Edition held in 2001. South Africa is the current holder of the cup after their 1-0 win against Senegal at Orlando Stadium last year.
Speaking further on the official website of Safa, Jordaan noted that South Africans need to throw their weight behind the national team for the honour, vision and love of Nelson Mandela.
“… He is the proud father of our nation; in the late Tata Nelson Mandela, we are sanctified as a nation to have been blessed by such an extraordinary human being.
“It is for this reason that whatever we do as South Africans, we must take any event in honour of Nelson Mandela seriously. We want Orlando Stadium to be packed to the rafters as a tribute to such an amazing human being.”
Meanwhile, the SAFA head of communications, Dominic Chimhavi, confirmed that tickets for the match are already on sale for R80 and selling well for now. He also encouraged fans to come in their numbers for the crucial match holding in honour of a global icon.
Notably, the Nelson Mandela Challenge will also serve as preparations for both Bafana and the Pharaohs for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.