The international friendly match between Bafana Bafana and Brazil was yet another opportunity to show the outside world how good the country was in hosting events, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane told the media on Thursday, 27 February.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the Bafana Bafana versus Brazil game scheduled for 5 March 2014 at FNB Stadium, Mokonyane said the upcoming clash with five-time world champions was also an opportunity to show people how stable and united South Africa is.
Bafana Bafana take on Brazil in a match which is to mark 20 years of the country’s freedom. The match is scheduled to kick off at 19h00 and both teams will use the occasion to unveil their new kit.
Brazil will be unveiling their 2014 FIFA World Cup playing kit while Bafana Bafana will show off their new Nike gear.
“This is a special occasion which should be celebrated by all South Africans. We should also take this occasion to celebrate our late Father of the Nation, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s legacy,” said Premier Mokonyane.
Current BRICS chair, President Jacob Zuma will be handing over the chairmanship to his Brazilian counterpart and South Africa will also be handing over the World Cup button to Brazil who will be hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan reiterated the fact that every match played between South Africa and Brazil was special. This upcoming one was more special, he said.”This is Brazil’s World Cup squad with an array of stars plying their trade in Europe for top sides like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Paris St Germain, just to name a few. You will never get another opportunity like this one if you don’t buy your ticket in time,” said the SAFA president.
“Let me take this opportunity to wish Brazil well in hosting the World Cup and we want them to know we are always on hand to offer any assistance if required,’ he added.
FNB Stadium management CEO Jacques Grobbelaar said all logistics pertaining to transport and security matters had been finalised and it was all systems go.
“Come to the stadium early, utilise the public transport and come and have a great day,” said Grobbelaar.
Tickets can be purchased at Computicket, Shoprite and Shoprite Checkers stores countrywide and are going for R50, R100 and R200.