Danny Jordaan, President of SAFA with Shakes Mashaba, coach of South Africa
Monday Sep 05, 2016. 12:15
South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan has urged locals fans to come out in numbers and support the international friendly between Bafana Bafana and Egypt in Soweto on Tuesday night.
The match will serve as the latest edition of the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge, a fixture held every year in honour of the late South African president.
Given that South Africa come into the match on the back of a failed qualifying campaign for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations – culminating in a dispiriting 1-1 draw with Mauritania on Friday night – there is a danger there could be many open seats at the stadium.
However, Jordaan is hopeful that the pull of honouring the legacy of ‘Madiba’ will help bring many fans to the Orlando Stadium.
“This annual tournament is in honour of one of the greatest icons ever to live in this world,” Jordaan said.
“He is the proud Father of our Nation; in the late Tata Nelson Mandela, we are sanctified as a nation to have been blessed by such an extraordinary human being.
“It is for this reason that whatever we do as South Africans, we must take any event in honour of Nelson Mandela seriously.
“We want Orlando Stadium to be packed to the rafters as a tribute to such an amazing human being.”