Bafana Bafana will take on AFCON champions Zambia in the 18th edition of the Nelson Mandela Challenge at Soccer City.
The game has been on the cards for some time now, with the South African Football Association finally confirming on Thursday it will take place on 14 November 2012. Kick-off is at 20h00.
Zambia was the first country to take part in the annual Challenge tournament in 1994 where they lost 2-1 to Bafana in a thrilling encounter at Ellis Park.
Chipolopolo are ranked 41st on the FIFA World rankings and sixth on the continent, while SA are ranked 76th and 19th respectively.
The tournament 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 event seven times and also lost it on seven occasions. Three matches ended in a stalemate, the last being against Ivory Coast at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth last year.
“We are honoured to be playing a high-profile opposition like Zambia as this is in line with our vision of playing tough opponents as part of our preparations for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournament,” said SAFA CEO Dr Robin Petersen.
“It is also a special occasion in that Zambia was the first nation to play in this event back in 1994, and are currently the title holders of Afcon – so we are confident that it will be quite a celebration with our neighbours when we meet.
“We are once again privileged to have the opportunity to help the needy as part of the proceeds from the match will go towards the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.”
SAFA will donate R1million rand to the NMCF.
On Monday, 5 November 2012, Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund will announce the team to play Zambia.
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