Johannesburg: The first ever double header rugby and football match played on the same day as part of the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day at the FNB stadium on Saturday lived up to expectations of spectators.
Both Bafana Bafana and the Springboks united South Africans from all racial groups in celebrating the legacy of Mandela with their convincing victory.
Bafana Bafana walloped the runners up of the 2013 Africa Nations Cup (Afcon), Burkina Faso with a comfortable 2-nil victory, while the Springboks showed Argentina no mercy in their test rugby match which they won 73-13.
By defeating their opponents, each of the two national teams received gold medals and the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day trophy from Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula and Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile.
Celebrating the two national team’s victory with rugby and football spectators at the Calabash stadium was former Presidents Thabo Mbeki, FW de Klerk and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.
However, the only unfortunate team which failed to win for Madiba was the South African Masters who lost 2-nil to the Italian Masters.
Mandela Sport and Culture Day is part of the massive social cohesion and nation building campaign announced by President Jacob Zuma as part of the celebration of the 95th Birthday Celebrations of former President Nelson Mandela.
The sporting event is also part of the United4Mandela campaign which seeks to bring together South Africans in celebration of former President Mandela’s vision sports as a unifying force in the society.
The proceeds from the inaugural Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day will go towards building the Nelson Mandela Children’s hospital in Gauteng.
The historic double header wrapped up with a music concert which included popular Mali singer, Salif Keita, David Jenkins, Mahotela Queens, Umoja, Gcina Mhlophe, Black Coffee, DJ Alessandro, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Wouter Kellerman, Naima McLean, DJ Cindo, Mafikizolo, Toya DeLazy, Kurt Darren and Elvis Blue.