Mamelodi Sundowns vs. Barcelona encounter set to go ahead, confirms PSL

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The PSL have confirmed that Masandawana will be allowed to go ahead with their friendly match against the Spanish giants

Mamelodi Sundowns have been given the go ahead by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to host a friendly match involving Spanish giants FC Barcelona on May 16 at FNB Stadium.

News broke this past weekend, with Sundowns announcing that the soon to be crowned La Liga champions would be returning to South African shores to take on the champions of South Africa.

However, the match has been marred by much uncertainty and skepticism, none more so than after Barcelona denied any knowledge of the upcoming game. There was also added doubt, as while the PSL campaign is set to be concluded this weekend, the season only officially ends after the Nedbank Cup later this month.

This particularly raised eyebrows as previously in 2013, Ajax Cape Town were denied the opportunity to host Liverpool due the season still being in progress.

Nonetheless, the PSL have put to bed some of uncertainly in a statement issued on Monday where they have given the clash the green light.

“The Premier Soccer League (PSL) received a request from Mamelodi Sundowns to play an international friendly match against FC Barcelona,” a statement issued by the PSL read.

“The match has been arranged to form part of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebrations. The League has always followed the same approach in respect of friendly matches in particular when these will (or might) impact the League or Cup competitions,” it added.

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“This request however was of extraordinary nature in that it formed part of the Madiba Centenary Celebrations. Moreover, it had both direct support both of sponsors Nedbank and Government in light of the nature and importance of the event and the part football plays in bringing South Africans together,” it continued.

“The Executive Committee of the League granted the requested subject to compliance with all of the relevant requirements of CAF and FIFA and also on the express basis that Mamelodi Sundowns will comply fully with every requirement of SASREA,” the statement concluded.

Meanwhile, the Blaugrana are yet to confirm their participation in the game. 

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