12 November 2018 – Bafana Bafana will play Paraguay in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Centenary celebrations at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on Tuesday, 20 November 2018.

The match will kick off at 19h00 and comes three days after South Africa’s Africa Cup of Nations match against Nigeria at FNB Stadium on 17 November 2018.

SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan who made the announcement in Johannesburg on Monday, 12 November 2018 said they could not have come up with a better opposition to mark 100 years of South Africa’s icon and father of the Nation, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

“We urge football fans to come in their thousands to pay homage to this South African and global icon whose love for children is well documented.

“The match between Bafana Bafana and Paraguay is a fitting tribute to this giant who would have been 100 years this year,” said the SAFA President.

Dr Jordaan said SAFA will donate R1,5 million towards the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund as children were the closest thing to Madiba.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the City of Durban and Moses Mabhida Stadium for partnering with SAFA in making sure this giant is given a fitting tribute in this momentous year,” he said.

The NMCF CEO, Sibongile Mkhabela also urged the people of Durban to turn out in numbers to make sure this year’s tournament is a memorable one.

“This is the Centenary Year where our hero Nelson Mandela would have been hundred years and the Fund’s theme is “a Madiba in every generation”.

Mkhabela said South African children remain vulnerable as they are subjected to all forms of abuse something which was exacerbated by rising unemployment statistics.

“Madiba’s wish was to build a specialised dedicated hospital for children.  We are proud to announce that the hospital is in operation and once more we take this opportunity to thank all stakeholders and donors who have made this dream come true,” she said.

The NMCF CEO said they were grateful of SAFA’s massive gesture in whose contribution goes a long way in making sure children are the ultimate beneficiaries.

“We can’t thank SAFA enough but as NMCF, we are really grateful of the Association’s annual contribution and we hope this year’s celebrations will be the best,” added Mkhabela.

Bafana Bafana and Paraguay have clashed on three occasions to date.

Their first meeting was in 2002 in Busan, South Korea during the 2002 FIFA World Cup which was co-hosted by Japan and Korea. The match finished 2-2 with Teboho Mokoena and Quinton Fortune finding the net for the Jomo Sono-coached side.

The two sides met again in 2008 in Attridgeville’s Lucas Moripe Stadium where Bafana Bafana beat Paraguay 3-0 with goals from Surprise Moriri, Benni McCarthy and Simphiwe Tshabalala. The team was then coached by Carlos Alberto Parreira.

The two side’s last clash was in 2010 in the Paraguay’s capital of Asuncion. The match ended in a 1-1 draw with again Siphiwe Tshabalala finding the back of the net.

Bafana Bafana played their first Nelson Mandela Challenge match against Zambia in May 1994, which South Africa won 2-1.

Among other nations they have hosted, are the likes of Argentina, Brazil, Netherlands, Sweden, France, Egypt, Senegal, Nigeria and Cameroon.

The last edition to be played was in 2016 when South Africa defeated Egypt – the following year it was not played due to rescheduled 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

This will be the 24th match of the annual event.

Bafana Bafana have won 12 fixtures, lost 8 and drawn three.

Tickets are already on sale at R40 at Computicket, Checkers and Shoprite Checkers stores across the country.



10 May 1994


South Africa 2–1  Zambia Johannesburg
13 May 1995


South Africa 1–1  Argentina Johannesburg
24 April 1996


South Africa 2–3  Brazil Johannesburg
4 June 1997


South Africa 0–2 Netherlands Johannesburg
16 December 1998


South Africa 2–1 Egypt Johannesburg
27 November 1999


South Africa 1–0 Sweden Pretoria
7 October 2000


South Africa 0–0 France Johannesburg
10 November 2001


South Africa 1–0  Egypt  


19 November 2002


South Africa 1–1

(1–4 p)

 Senegal Johannesburg
11 October 2003


South Africa 2–1 Costa Rica Potchefstroom
17 November 2004


South Africa 2–1  Nigeria Johannesburg
12 November 2005


South Africa 3–2  Seneg  

Port Elizabeth

15 November 2006


South Africa 0-1  Egypt  


17 November 2007


South Africa 0–1  USA  


19 November 2008


South Africa 3–2  Cameroon Rustenburg
28 March 2009


South Africa 2–1  Norway Phokeng
17 November 2010


South Africa 0–1 USA Cape Town
12 November 2011


South Africa 1–1 Ivory Coast  

Port Elizabeth

14 November 2012


South Africa 0–1 Zambia Johannesburg
14 August 2013


South Africa 0–2 Nigeria Durban
30 November 2014


South Africa 2–0 Ivory Coast Nelspruit
8 September 2015


South Africa 1–0  Senegal Johannesburg
6 September 2016


South Africa 1–0  Egypt  


October 2017


South Africa v NOT PLAYED