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Bafana Bafana set to play high-profile friendly after Nigeria clash

South Africa men’s football national team, Bafana Bafana are set to play a high-profile friendly against an opposition ‘from another continent’ after their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers clash against Nigeria later this month.

South Africa Football Association (SAFA) is set to arrange the exhibition game in celebration of late Nelson Mandela’s centenary.

Established in 1994, the Nelson Mandela challenge has been a celebration held annually to raise fund for the Nelson Mandela Children foundation.

The annual spectacle was suspended in 2017 due to FIFA’s decision to have Bafana’s World Cup qualifier with Senegal replayed following suspicion of match-fixing.

Mamelodi Sundowns hosted La Liga giants Barcelona to a friendly earlier in the year in the Masandawana’s part to commemorate what would have been Mandela’s 100th year anniversary this year.

SAFA are set to follow suit as they plan to invite a world football powerhouse to face Bafana in the international break later this month.

The federation’s acting CEO, Russel Paul on Monday confirmed to the media that Bafana will play host to a high-profile opponent in a friendly on November 20 with an official statement set to be released this week.

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