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Tickets for Sundowns vs Barcelona to go on sale on Thursday

Tickets for Sundowns vs Barcelona to go on sale on Thursday

Barcelona will hold a friendly in South Africa in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of former President Nelson Mandela, Barcelona press service reported.

"This game is important for South African football", Motsepe is quoted as saying on Sundowns.

The global friendly, which will be played at FNB Stadium, is scheduled within a PSL season as Maritzburg United and Free State Stars still have to play in the Nedbank Cup final on Saturday, May 19 in the Mother City.

FC Barcelona will be playing its part in the events to commemorate what would have been Nelson Mandela's one hundredth birthday as they travel to South Africa for a friendly game on May 16 against ABSA Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

Barcelona statement added, "Mandela represented the struggle for freedom and equality in the country, and played a huge role in unifying the racially divided society".

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FNB Stadium, where Spain won the World Cup in 2010, will have fond memories for Pique, Busquets and captain Iniesta, who struck the only goal in their 1-0 win over the Netherlands.

Mandela was born on July 18 1918.

Stadium Management South Africa have confirmed that tickets for the much-anticipated clash between Premier Soccer League giants Mamelodi Sundowns and LaLiga giants Barcelona will go on sale on Thursday morning.

Ernesto Valverde's side clinched a 25th Liga title, the King's Cup on and are bidding to become the first team since 1933 to complete a Spanish top-flight season without losing a game.