Reigning World Champions and double European champions, Spain return to Soccer City where they lifted the World Cup in 2010The international friendly match between Bafana Bafana and Spain is due to kick off at 9pm in Johannesburg, November 19. South Africa had last played Spain during the 2009 Confederations Cup, which Spain won 3-2 in an exciting game for third spot.
New Safa President, Dr Danny Jordaan confirmed the fixture which is hoped to reinspire local fans to follow the South African national team during a year with no competitive games.
“It is the new Safa executive’s mission to make Bafana Bafana world-beaters again and we have lined up top-class sides to play our senior national team. We could not have asked for a better start of this campaign than with the game against the reigning Fifa World Cup champions,” said Dr Jordaan who's determined to place South African football back on the world map.
Bafana failed to reach Brazil 2014, and coach Gordon Igesund's vision is to work towards the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.
“It is a dream come true for many soccer fans to once again see the likes of Iniesta and Xavi in action at the venue where they made history by lifting their first World Cup trophy. This is going to be a block-buster of a game,” added Dr Jordaan.
The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) echoed Safa's sentiments.
“We wish to demonstrate our gratitude for the wonderful hospitality of the South African sports authorities and the support of the country’s football fans during the 2010 South Africa World Cup, where Spain was proclaimed champion for the first time in history,” said Spanish Football Association President, Mr Angel Maria Villar Llona.
“At the end of the match, played on 11th July 2010 at the same stadium, the top officials of the RFEF expressed their thanks for the support received and promised to return to South Africa to play a friendly match, in the same way we did in Vienna after winning Euro 2008.”
Safa CEO, Dennis Mumble reminds fans to get their tickets before they sell out.
"We are excited by this honour to play Spain and we ask all football lovers to rush to buy their tickets for this rare occasion as soon as ticket sales open. More information will be released in the next few days."