Sundowns set for a second clash against Barcelona

04 May 2018 - 17:45 By Mahlatse Mphahlele
Surprise Moriri of Sundowns and Ronaldinho of FC Barcelona in action during a soccer match between the Sundowns and FC Barcelona at Loftus Versfeld stadium on June 20, 2007 in Pretoria, South Africa.
Surprise Moriri of Sundowns and Ronaldinho of FC Barcelona in action during a soccer match between the Sundowns and FC Barcelona at Loftus Versfeld stadium on June 20, 2007 in Pretoria, South Africa.
Image: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

Senior Mamelodi Sundowns officials led by Yogesh Singh are currently in Spain finalising a deal that will see the Spanish giants and recently crowned league champions FC Barcelona return to South Africa to play against the Brazilians.

An official announcement is expected to be made‚ possibly by club president Patrice Motsepe‚ in the next 24 hours.

This will be the second meeting between the two sides as they clashed at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria in 2007 where a star studded Barcelona came from a goal down to Sundowns 2-1 in front of a full-house.

On that occasion‚ Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard paraded superstars like goalkeeper Victor Valdes‚ midfielder Ronaldinho and strikers Samuel Eto’o and Ludovic Giuly but a young Lionel Messi did not make the trip due to contractual issues.

Sundowns goal was scored by Surprise Moriri while Barcelona replied through strikes by Santiago Ezquerro and Marc Crosas in the second half.


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