Johannesburg - South Africa will take on the Ivory
Coast in the 17th edition of the Nelson Mandela Challenge that will be
staged at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on November
12, kickoff is at 15:15.
This is the second time the match will be
played in the province of birth of the world statesman - under whose
name this annual event is played – the last time Bafana Bafana visited
province in this clash they lost 3-2 to Senegal on the 12th of November
The 17th edition is held in conjunction with the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.
The Challenge was first played in 1994 and has been ever-present on
the calendar except t in 2001 when it had to be cancelled after Mexico
withdrew at the last minute.
South Africa have won it seven
times, and lost on seven occasions, with two matches ending in a draw.
Bafana Bafana’s last win came in 2009 when they defeated Norway in
Rustenburg – a year earlier they had beaten Cameroon to lift the trophy.
In the 2010 edition South Africa lost one nil to the United States of
America at a packed Cape Town Stadium.
This will also be the
first time that Ivory Coast have been invited to play in this annual
football spectacle. The West Africans come to the match ranked as the
number one country on the continent and 19th in the world on the Fifa
Bafana Bafana are ranked eighth and 49th respectively.
“We are really delighted to have managed to secure an opponent of the
calibre of the Ivory Coast. They are number one on the continent, which
is a clear indication that it will not be an easy day in the office. We
are also honoured to be playing this match near the home of Nelson
Mandela. As an Association we believe this is a fitting tribute for all
he has done for sport in general in this country,” said Safa CEO Dr
The Challenge is played annually to raise funds
for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, and the South African Football
Association (Safa) will donate a cheque of one-million-rand to the Fund.
“The honour of having the number one team in Africa, Ivory Coast,
playing against our national soccer team for the 17th edition of Nelson
Mandela Challenge in Port Elizabeth fits hand-in-glove with our
2010-2015 corporate strategy to extend the footprint of our models of
child care in the continent. With international household names like
Didier Drogba touching our shores, our young ones have no better source
of inspiration, other than from these players, to draw for the dreams
that they have of being the stars of tomorrow,” said Moipone
Buda-Ramatlo, Acting CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.
“This sets the stage for Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the South
African Football Association to reposition the Nelson Mandela Challenge
within the continental integration strategy as championed by our
national government,” added Buda-Ramatlo.
On Thursday, 3 November 2011, Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane will announce his squad to play the Ivory Coast.
Ivory Coast has named a very strong 21-squad man that includes their
captain, Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, his club mate Salomon Kalou, the
Manchester City pair of Yaya and Kolo Toure, Gervinho of Arsenal,
Emmanuel Eboue of Galatasaray in Turkey and Siaka Tiene of Paris Saint
Germaine in France.
The delegation, which includes the Ivory
Coast FA President Sidy Augustin Diallo, and two vice presidents, is
expected to arrive in South Africa on on Thursday, 10 November 2011.
Match tickets are on sale at Computicket outlets, Shoprite and
Shoprite/Checkers store countrywide at a cost of R100 00 for the West
Lower stand and R50 00 for all other areas.
Tickets will not be on sale at the stadium on match day and supporters are urged to purchase their tickets well in advance.