Friday, July 5, 2013

Nigeria to Play South Africa Next Month

Nigeria will play South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge in August.

A top NFF official told that both parties had reached an agreement, but a formal announcement would have to come from SAFA.

“We have been in discussions, but you will have to ask SAFA for official confirmation,” was told.

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund all but confirmed the fixture on Thursday, saying the Super Eagles would sharpen Bafana’s claws ahead of their September World Cup qualifier against Botswana.
This year’s annual Nelson Mandela Challenge fixture has been moved from the usual date in November to fit in with the celebrations surrounding Madiba’s 95th birthday this month.

The match will be on August 17 at FNB Stadium in honour of Mandela.

South Africa have never beaten Nigeria in a competitive fixture. Their only victory came in the 2004 Challenge when a depleted Nigeria team lost 2-1.


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