Nigeria battle Bafana for Mandela Challenge

South African football fans with a poster of Nelson Mandela

South African football fans with a poster of Nelson Mandela

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Aminu Maigari have announced that Super Eagles will confront South Africa’s Bafana Bafana on Wednesday August 14.

The international friendly match tagged ‘Mandela Challenge’ is to honour former President Nelson Mandela at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

NFF president Aminu Maigari said: “We have signed the contract. We feel delighted to have the opportunity to accord honour to one of the great sons of Africa. Dr. Nelson Mandela deserves this honour.

“The NFF will present Nigeria’s ‘A’ team and SAFA will do the same. It promises to be a memorable encounter.”

The clash falls on a FIFA-free day for international matches, and Friday’s announcement comes few days after South Africa was handed a reprieve in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying race.

FIFA penalised Ethiopia for fielding an ineligible player in an earlier game. This means the Bafana Bafana still stand a chance of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.