South Africa v Norway Will Open First World Cup Stadium

The Mandela Challenge match between South Africa and Norway on March 28 will be the first official opening of one of the 10 stadiums for the 2010 World Cup.

According to SAFA CEO, Raymond Hack, the benefit game in honour of the country's political icon, Nelson Mandela, will be the first official opening of the 40,000-capacity Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg for the 2010 World Cup.

The Mandela Challenge is an annual match usually played towards the end of the year but this time it has been moved to March to coincide with the first-ever South African peace conference.

Proceeds from this international friendly will be paid to a charity of Mandela's choice.

Bafana plan to use the Norway clash to prepare for the FIFA Confederations Cup which they will host in June. They open the tournament against Asian champions Iraq.

Tickets for the Mandela Challenge will go on sale on March 2.

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