The SAFA president is delighted to be hosting the Selecao on their Gillette Brasil Global Tour in a game that will mark 20 years of freedom for South AfricaSouth Africa Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan says his side are 'honoured' to be hosting Brazil at Soccer City on March 5.
The Selecao arrive in Johannesburg for the final leg of the Gillette Brasil Global Tour prior to coach Luiz Felipe Scolari’s announcement of his World Cup squad.
“It's always an honour playing against Brazil, especially, with their special brand of soccer and almost mythical stature as the high priests of the game”
The game will mark South Africa’s 20 years of freedom for South Africa.
“This is a special occasion which should be celebrated by all South Africans. We should also take this occasion to celebrate our late Father of the Nation, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s legacy,” said Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.
Nelson Mandela was elected president when the first democratic elections were held in 1994.
Jordaan added: "Firstly it will be the symbolic handing over of the baton from the 2010 World Cup hosts, South Africa, to the country who will be staging the 2014 version of the event in little more than three months’ time."
"It also marks the 20th anniversary of the dismantling of apartheid in 1994 and presents another appropriate occasion to honour the memory of Madiba, who made it all possible.”