The Premier Soccer League has issued a statement granting Mamelodi Sundowns permission to host Spanish and European giants FC Barcelona.
The PSL confirmed that the Brazilians will be eligible to lock horns with the current Spanish champions provided that they (Sundowns) comply with the requirements of Safety At Sports And Recreational Events Act (SASREA).
The match which is set to take place next week Wednesday will be in honour of the late Nelson Mandela as part of the centenary celebrations to mark 100 years since the anti-Apartheid icon’s birth.
“The match has been arranged to form part of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebrations,’’ the PSL statement read.
“The League has always followed the same approach in respect of friendly matches in particular when these will (or might) impact the League or Cup competitions.
“This request, however, was of extraordinary nature in that it formed part of the Madiba Centenary Celebrations.
“Moreover, it had both direct support both of sponsors Nedbank and Government in light of the nature and importance of the event and the part football plays in bringing South Africans together.
“The Executive Committee of the League granted the requested subject to compliance with all of the relevant requirements of CAF and FIFA and also on the express basis that Mamelodi Sundowns will comply fully with every requirement of SASREA.”
The last time these two sides met was at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria in 2007 where a star-studded Barcelona side came from a goal down to beat Sundowns 2-1.
The likes of Samuel Eto’o and Ronaldinho featured in that match where Surprise Moriri gave Sundwons the lead before Barcelona replied with two second half strikes courtesy of Santiago Ezquerro and Marc Crosas.
This high-profile friendly match will be about much more than the action on the pitch with dignitaries from around the continent and beyond set to use the platform to push their various agendas
According to TimesLive sources, FIFA President Gianni Infantino has suggested he may attend the fixture but has not yet confirmed it.
The match schedule and ticket information is yet to be announced


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