19 November 2018– Bafana Bafana left Johannesburg for Durban on Sunday morning to start preparations for the Nelson Mandela Challenge match against South American powerhouse Paraguay. The match will take place at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday, 20 November and kicks off at 19h00.
Tickets to the match are available at Computicket, Shoprite and Shoprite Checkers stores countrywide for R40.
This will be Bafana Bafana’s second game in three days having played to a 1-1 gruelling draw with Nigeria in an AFCON qualifier at FNB Stadium on Saturday.
While temperatures in Gauteng have been hovering around 40 degrees celcius, the players were met with some persistent drizzling rains at King Shaka International Airport upon their arrival just before midday.
Part of Sunday’s programme included a short rest before heading towards Moses Mabhida for a routine training session in preparation for Paraguay and will wrap up training at the match venue on Monday.
Both Bafana Bafana and Paraguay will attend a dinner organised by SAFA and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund at the ICC on Monday evening.
Apart from several Bafana Bafana legends from this province who have been called up to attend this match, the atmosphere around the city has been filled with excitement of this potentially explosive clash.
Part of the benefits from this encounter will go towards the NMCF’s hospital fund and for their part, SAFA will donate R1,5 million towards this cause.