25 September 2019 – Mali will make their debut in the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge when they face Bafana Bafana in the 2019 edition scheduled to be played at the Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth.

The match will take place on Sunday, 13 October 2019.

Kickoff is at 15h00.

Tickets will be on sale for R40 for adults and R20 for children under the age of 12 years. They can be purchased at Computicket, Checkers, and Shoprite from Friday, 27 September.

SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan, made the announcement in his hometown of Port Elizabeth.

“We are very grateful for this great gesture by the Nelson Mandela Bay to host this important match which we use annually in honour of our greatest statesman, Tata Nelson Mandela. It could not have been more fitting for the Nelson Mandela Bay to host this year’s Nelson Mandela Challenge match and on behalf of SAFA and the entire football fraternity, I would like to say thank you once again,” said Dr Jordaan.

“What is even more pleasing is that this match comes barely a few months after Banyana Banyana stole the hearts of the fans when they won the COSAFA Cup, and we are confident Bafana Bafana will continue from the Senior Women’s team left off.”

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

Ms. Sibongile Mkhabela, Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, has welcomed the gesture and called on the people of Nelson Mandela Bay to support this great initiative by filling up the stadium.

“Sport has an innate ability to unite any country to reignite the shared vision of winning. The Nelson Mandela Challenge has always stood to celebrate this spirit of championship, patriotism, unity and charity,” said Ms. Mkhabela.

“The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund is grateful that SAFA has earmarked the benefits of this challenge to be donated to the Fund. This donation will allow the organisation to reach more communities and transform more lives. We would also like to take to this opportunity to call on the people of Port Elizabeth to come and support this wonderful initiative.”

Played by Bafana Bafana, the Nelson Mandela Challenge is an annual football spectacle that the South African Football Association (SAFA) uses to keep the memory of the late former South African State President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela alive.

Speaking on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay City, Deputy Mayor Tsonono Buyeye said it was an honour to host Bafana Bafana for this prestigious match.

“We are very happy as the City to be hosting this match – the third time it comes back here in our province. We all know that this city is iconic in that it has been named after Tata Nelson Mandela, and so it is the stadium which celebrates it’s 10thyear anniversary and it is one of the biggest assets this city has,” said the Deputy Mayor.

“We know the spinoffs such a game will bring to our city. We need more of these games and we want to see Bafana Bafana returning more often. We are very excited to be playing this match here. Good luck to Bafana Bafana against Mali.”

The tournament has been played since May 1994 and has featured several big footballing nations from around the world, including the likes of current World Champions France, Brazil, Argentina, Netherlands, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Senegal and Sweden over the years.

To date, it has been played 24 times – with Bafana Bafana winning 12 matches, suffering eight losses and with four drawn fixtures.

The match is played around the country, with the 2018 edition held in Durban, KwaZulu Natal against Paraguay – the clash ended in a 1-1 draw.

This will be the first time Mali face Bafana Bafana in the one day event – but the two nations have met four times before, with the Eagles having the upperhand of two wins and one draw.

The West Africans are ranked 11thon the continent – two places above South Africa, but 57thin the World compared to Bafana Bafana’s 71.

This will be the third time Bafana Bafana returns Nelson Mandela Bay for this event.

The first time was in 2005 against Senegal, a clash South Africa won 3-2. They returned there six years ago and drew 1-1 with the Ivory Coast.

Tickets for the match are available at Computicket outlets, Shoprite and Checkers stores.

They are sold at R40 for adults, and R20 for children under 12 years of age.




10 May 1994

International Friendly

South Africa  2–1 Zambia  

Johannesburg, Gauteng


13 May 1995

International Friendly

South Africa  1–1 Argentina  

Johannesburg, Gauteng


24 April 1996

International Friendly

South Africa  2–3 Brazil  

Johannesburg, Gauteng


4 June 1997

International Friendly

South Africa  0–2 Netherlands  

Johannesburg, Gauteng


16 December 1998

International Friendly

South Africa  2–1 Egypt  

Johannesburg, Gauteng


27 November 1999

International Friendly

South Africa  1–0 Sweden  

Pretoria, Gauteng


7 October 2000

International Friendly

South Africa  0–0 France  

Johannesburg, Gauteng


10 November 2001

International Friendly

South Africa  1–0 Egypt  

Johannesburg, Gauteng


19 November 2002

International Friendly

South Africa  1–1



Johannesburg, Gauteng


11 October 2003

International Friendly

South Africa  2–1 Costa Rica  

Potchefstroom, North West


17 November 2004

International Friendly

South Africa  2–1 Nigeria  

Johannesburg, Gauteng


12 November 2005

International Friendly

South Africa  3–2 Senegal  

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape


15 November 2006

International Friendly

South Africa  0–1 Egypt  

London, United Kingdom


17 November 2007

International Friendly

South Africa  0–1 United States  

Johannesburg, Gauteng


19 November 2008

International Friendly

South Africa  3–2 Cameroon show

Rustenburg, North West


28 March 2009

International Friendly

South Africa  2–1 Norway show

Phokeng, North West


17 November 2010

International Friendly

South Africa  0–1 United States show

Cape Town, Western Cape


12 November 2011

International Friendly

South Africa  1–1 Ivory Coast  

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape


14 November 2012

International Friendly

South Africa  0–1 Zambia  

Johannesburg, Gauteng


14 August 2013

International Friendly

South Africa  0–2 Nigeria  

Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal


30 November 2014

International Friendly

South Africa  2–0 Ivory Coast  

Nelspruit, Mpumalanga


8 September 2015

International Friendly

South Africa  1–0 Senegal  

Johannesburg, Gauteng


6 September 2016

International Friendly

South Africa  1–0  Egypt  

Johannesburg, Gauteng


20 November 2018

International Friendly

South Africa  1–1  Paraguay  

Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal




Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals scored Goals conceded
South Africa 24 12 4 8 28 24



Egypt                                           4

Senegal                                      3

Zambia                                       2

Nigeria                                        2

USA                                              2

Ivory Coast                                2

Argentina                                   1

Brazil                                            1

Netherlands                              1

Sweden                                      1

Cameroon                                  1

Norway                                       1

Paraguay                                   1


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