Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Barcelona to Play Mamelodi Sundowns in Mandela Centenary Cup

Barcelona to Play Mamelodi Sundowns in Mandela Centenary Cup

FC Barcelona have arrived at OR Tambo International Airport after a number of delays to their flight.

Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates touched down in South Africa on Wednesday morning, stoking excitement across the country's football fraternity ahead of a friendly match against Mamelodi Sundowns.

Similarly, Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is expected to name his strongest squad available for this clash with stars like Ugandan keeper Denis Onyango and star striker Khama Billiat lining up.

The two sides first engaged each other in 2007, where the Catalan giants beat Brazilians 2-1 at the at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.

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The La Liga champions take on Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg at 6:15pm as part of the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations.

Barca will face the South African champions at the FNB Stadium - formerly known as Soccer City Stadium - which hosted the 2010 World Cup final which numerous Barcelona players will have fond memories of.

In Messi's absence against Levante, Barca's hopes of going the entire 2017-18 La Liga season unbeaten were ended in the penultimate game of the campaign.

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