Bafana Bafana to play Mali in Nelson Mandela Challenge

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Danny Jordaan, Safa President
Ntseki will get a chance to prepare Bafana Bafana for the 2021 Afcon qualifying campaign which kicks off in November

The South African Football Association (Safa) has announced Bafana Bafana's opponents for this year's Nelson Mandela Challenge. 

According to Safa, Mali have agreed to play against Bafana in honour of the late South African president. 

The match is scheduled for October 13 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. Kick-off is at 15h00. 

Safa confirmed Bafana will arrive in Port Elizabeth on October 8 to prepare for the encounter against Mali.

This will be the 25th edition of the annual event and it will be played in Port Elizabeth for only the third time since its inception.

Bafana Bafana have won 12 of the previous 24 editions, and they will be looking to make it 13 wins at the expense of Mali. 

The encounter will also mark Molefi Ntseki's first game since being appointed head coach of South Africa. 

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Ntseki had two of his team's international friendlies cancelled earlier this month after Zambia and Madagascar withdrew their participation due to fears of xenophobia in South Africa.

The match against Mali will also be used to prepare Bafana Bafana for their clash against Ghana in the 2021 Afcon qualifiers. 

South Africa were drawn in Group C alongside Ghana, Sudan and the winner between Mauritius and Sao Tome and Principe.