Mamelodi Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe promises Lionel Messi will be in South Africa with Barcelona
Posted: 10 May 2018 Time: 21:00
Mamelodi Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe has promised local football supporters that Barcelona will be bringing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta for their friendly match in Johannesburg.
Motsepe called a press conference to confirm their end-of-season friendly against Spanish champions Barcelona at FNB Stadium on Wednesday (18h15).
Tickets for the game are already on sale and are said to be selling at 216 units per minute.
Motsepe confirmed the Catalan giants would be bringing their best players, including superstar Messi.
“Definitely, that's the agreement,” said Motsepe. “We have been given assurance that they will have their best team – Messi, Suarez [and] Iniesta. They are all excited and they want to come [to South Africa],” he added.
There were doubts if the game would take place. Last Friday Motsepe announced on Metro FM that they would be playing the friendly, but confirmation was slow to come from the La Liga giants.
Barca, however, finally confirmed on Thursday that they would be coming to South Africa as defender Gerard Pique posed for a picture with a Sundowns jersey.
With the World Cup coming up, there are understandbly some concerns for players who want to make sure they are injury-free ahead of the competition.
"The important thing is it’s the year of the World Cup and these players have to represent their countries in the biggest competition in the world.
“But we always knew with patience and the good relations we have, we will get the best players to come with Barcelona.”