Bafana Bafana of South Africa are set to play a high-profile friendly against a team from another continent immediately after their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers clash against Nigeria on November 17.
Preparations are underway by the South Africa Football Association (SAFA) to arrange the exhibition game in celebration of late Nelson Mandela’s centenary.
The Nelson Mandela Challenge which was established in 1994, has been an annual celebration held to raise fund for the Nelson Mandela Children Foundation.
Last year’s edition was suspended due to FIFA’s decision to have South Africa’s World Cup qualifier against Senegal replayed following suspicion of match-fixing.
Earlier in the year, former African Champions Mamelodi Sundowns hosted La Liga giants Barcelona to a friendly as their way to commemorate what would have been Mandela’s 100th year anniversary this year.
SAFA are set to take a cue as they plan to invite a world football powerhouse to face Bafana in the international break later this month.
Pending the release of an official statement from SAFA, 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.