17 July 2013
Tickets for the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge between Bafana Bafana and the current African champions, Nigeria, are now on sale countrywide.
The clash will be played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on 14 August, a few days before the inaugural Mandela Sport and Culture Day on 17 August.
Kick-off is at 20:00. Tickets are selling for R50 and R100 at Computicket and
Shoprite/Checkers outlets around the country.
Zambia was the first country to take part in the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge match in 1994, losing 2-1 to Bafana in a thrilling encounter played at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
However, last year, the 2012 champions of Africa, known by their nickname of
Chipolopolo, defeated Bafana Bafana 1-0 in front of the home fans at the FNB
The Mandela Challenge has been played on an annual basis except in 2001, when it had to be cancelled after Mexico withdrew
at the last minute.
Bafana have won the Challenge seven times and lost it on eight occasions. Three matches ended in a stalemate, with the last being against Cote d’Ivoire at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth in 2011.
South Africa has faced Nigeria just once in the Nelson Mandela Challenge: in
2004, Bafana Bafana won 2-1 in Johannesburg.
Last year, the tournament returned to Johannesburg for the first time since the 2007 clash between South Africa and the United States of America.
Over the last four years, it was played in Rustenburg (2008), Phokeng near
Rustenburg (2009), Cape Town (2010), and Port Elizabeth (2011).
NELSON MANDELA CHALLENGE RESULTS
- 1994, Johannesburg: SA 2-1 Zambia
- 1995, Johannesburg: SA 1-1 Argentina
- 1996, Johannesburg: SA 2-3 Brazil
- 1997, Johannesburg: SA 0-2 The Netherlands
- 1998, Johannesburg: SA 2-1
- 1999, Pretoria: SA 1-0 Sweden
- 2000, Johannesburg: SA 0-0 France
- 2002, Johannesburg: SA 1-1 Senegal (1-4 pen)
- 2003, Potchefstroom: SA 2-1 Costa Rica
- 2004, Johannesburg: SA 2-1 Nigeria
- 2005, Port Elizabeth: SA 2-3 Senegal
- 2006, London: SA 0-1 Egypt
- 2007, Johannesburg: SA 1-2 USA
- 2008, Rustenburg: SA 3-2 Cameroon
- 2009, Phokeng: SA 2-1 Norway
- 2010, Cape Town, SA 0-1 USA
- 2011, Port Elizabeth, SA 1-1 Cte d’Ivoire
- 2012, Johannesburg SA 0-1 Zambia
SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.za