In 2007, South African football club, Mamelodi Sundowns played a friendly match against FC Barcelona in Pretoria. Sundowns narrowly lost 2-1 – and now 11 years later, they’ll be getting another chance to go head-to-head against Barça in a second friendly match slated to hold on May 16!
Sundowns won this season’s South African Premier League while Barça won the La Liga title last week. So, it’s going to be champion against champion.
According to Times, the international friendly is supposed to come barely 24 hours after Sundowns’ African Champions League match against Horoya in Conakry. But the club has requested that CAF shifts the match to May 22. Hopefully, CAF will grant the request since the friendly game is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.
But let’s just imagine CAF doesn’t agree to the shift, it means Sundowns will have to beat the clock somehow and make sure they’re back from Guinea in time for the friendly at the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg.
According to reports, businessman and owner of Sundowns, Patrice Motsepe had to pay close to $1 million (more than N359 million) to pull off that 2007 friendly. This time, it is believed the billionaire has spent about €7 million (more than N3 billion) to bring Barça to South Africa. It sounds like a fair price, considering Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will be there!
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