Lagos - The Nigeria Football Association (NFA) on Saturday said it has signed
an agreement with the South African Football Association (SAFA) for the
Super Eagles to play Bafana Bafana in the annual Nelson Mandela
This is contained in a statement signed by NFA's Assistant
Director, Media, Ademola Olajire, and made available to the News Agency
of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
It said the Grade ‘A’ match, which honoured one of the greatest
statesmen the world has ever produced, Nelson Mandela, would take place
on Aug. 14 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban.
The statement quoted the NFA President, Aminu Maigari, as saying:
``We have signed the contract. We feel delighted to have the opportunity
to accord honour to one of the great sons of Africa. Nelson Mandela
deserves this honour.
"The NFA will present Nigeria’s ‘A’ team and SAFA will do the same. It promises to be a memorable encounter.
"It will take place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, where the Super
Eagles beat Mali 4-1 in one of the semi final matches of the 29th Africa
Cup of Nations."
It also quoted SAFA President, Kirsten Nematandani,as saying: "It is
a great honour for us to be associated with such a huge and
significant, and also highly important project for our former state
"When we got the invite to be part of this venture, we did not hesitate as Madiba has made a selfless sacrifice for the nation.
"We are obviously mindful of the fact that the former President is
not well in hospital. We can only wish him all the best for him to come
out and be among us, so that he can continue to inspire us as he has
done for many years.
"This event shows that no one can unite the country quite like he has, and we are proud to be taking part,” Nematandani said.
The statement said that apart from the clash with the Super Eagles,
the Bafana Bafana would also play Burkina Faso, at the FNB Stadium in
Soweto on Aug.17.
Anti-apartheid activist, Mandela, spent 27 years in jail before being
freed in 1990, and four years later became South Africa’s President.