SAFA president Danny Jordaan lauds Mamelodi Sundowns boss Patrice Motsepe
Posted: 11 May 2018 Time: 12:12
SAFA president Danny Jordaan has lavished praise on Mamelodi Sundowns boss Patrice Motsepe for bringing Barcelona to South Africa.
Sundowns will host the Spanish giants in a hastily-arranged friendly at FNB Stadium on Wednesday (18h15).
The match, which will be televised, forms part of the centenary celebrations for the late Nelson Mandela.
Downs have forked out big money to get Barca to make the trip while La Liga is still on the go, while they also needed CAF's approval to reschedule their Champions League game with Horoya from May 15 to May 22 to accommodate the Catalans' visit.
“We are glad that Barcelona are coming to our shores and the soccer loving public will have an opportunity to watch the best talent in action; we are talking of Messi and Suarez of this world,” Jordaan said.
“We need to thank CAF for allowing Sundowns to postpone their CAF Champions League game against Horoya AC to enable the PSL champions to fulfil this important fixture in honour of Nelson Mandela. But most importantly, we need to thank Patrice Motsepe for his generous attitude and making this clash a reality. We as SAFA are proud of Motsepe and his nation building vision.”
Jordaan added: “This is one of the most memorable years in remembrance of our 'Father of the Nation'. He would have turned 100 years this year and we need to celebrate this in style. SAFA as an organisation has worked hard to make the Barcelona vs Sundowns clash a reality.”