CONFIRMED: Barcelona are coming to SA to play against Sundowns
The much-talked about friendly match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Barcelona was announced as being officially going ahead in a heavy-hitting press conference at Sandton Convention Centre on Thursday.
The announcement of the match between the newly-crowned Premier Soccer League champions Sundowns and new La Liga champions Barcelona was made by Downs president Patrice Motsepe.
Motsepe was flanked by a heavy-hitting panel in an announcement that attracted an array of top figures in football administration and government.
Minister of Sports and Recreation, Ms. Thokozile Xasa: “We have an obligation to make contributions that will benefit and improve our people. What we experienced on the last day of the FIFA world cup is what we need to experience on Wednesday” #Sundowns #DownsBarca pic.twitter.com/pWnCUUdpVz— Mamelodi Sundowns FC (@Masandawana) May 10, 2018
Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa‚ Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe‚ former sports minster Fikile Mbalula‚ ex-Gauteng MEC Tokyo Sexwale‚ South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan and Safa CEO Dennis Mumble were among major figures who were part of or attended the announcement.
The match was confirmed for FNB Stadium at 6pm on Wednesday‚ May 16.
Sundowns and the Motsepe Foundation are partnering with the Inter-Ministerial Committee of the South African government that is responsible for the Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebrations, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Safa and La Liga bringing Barcelona to SA.
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