Bafana and the Springboks to honour Mandela in August

Goal has learned that two of South Africa’s most popular national teams will play on the same day at the FNB Stadium in honour of Nelson Mandela

For the first time in history, Bafana and the Springboks will get to play on the same day, at the same venue, as the nation celebrates the legacy of the former South African president Nelson Mandela.  

This comes after the South African sports ministry confirmed that the proposed Nelson Mandela Sports Day will go ahead on August 17, 2013 as initially planned.

On the day, Bafana will take on Burkina Faso in the first match while the Springboks will kick-off their Rugby Championship campaign against Argentina in the second match.

The Springboks-Argentina game was supposed to take place at the Free State Stadium, but the South African Rugby Union (Saru) agreed to move the match to the FNB Stadium.

The Nelson Mandela Sports Day has been taken to this iconic stadium, because of the rich history that it has to South African sport and Nelson Mandela as an individual.

Mandela who turns 95 this year, made his first speech at the old FNB Stadium immediately after he was released from prison back in 1990.

He celebrated with the Springboks rugby team for their IRB World Cup success at Ellis Park in 1995, and then at the FNB Stadium in 1996 when Bafana won the Afcon.

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