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Bafana vs Paraguay

12 November 2018 – Bafana Bafana will play Paraguay in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Centenary celebrations at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on Tuesday, 20 November 2018.

The match will kick off at 19h00 and comes three days after South Africa’s Africa Cup of Nations match against Nigeria at FNB Stadium on 17 November 2018.

SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan who made the announcement in Johannesburg on Monday, 12 November 2018 said they could not have come up with a better opposition to mark 100 years of South Africa’s icon and father of the Nation, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

“We urge football fans to come in their thousands to pay homage to this South African and global icon whose love for children is well documented.

“The match between Bafana Bafana and Paraguay is a fitting tribute to this giant who would have been 100 years this year,” said the SAFA President.

Dr Jordaan said SAFA will donate R1,5 million towards the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund as children were the closest thing to Madiba.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the City of Durban and Moses Mabhida Stadium for partnering with SAFA in making sure this giant is given a fitting tribute in this momentous year,” he said.

The NMCF CEO, Sibongile Mkhabela also urged the people of Durban to turn out in numbers to make sure this year’s tournament is a memorable one.

“This is the Centenary Year where our hero Nelson Mandela would have been hundred years and the Fund’s theme is “a Madiba in every generation”.

Mkhabela said South African children remain vulnerable as they are subjected to all forms of abuse something which was exacerbated by rising unemployment statistics.

“Madiba’s wish was to build a specialised dedicated hospital for children.  We are proud to announce that the hospital is in operation and once more we take this opportunity to thank all stakeholders and donors who have made this dream come true,” she said.

The NMCF CEO said they were grateful of SAFA’s massive gesture in whose contribution goes a long way in making sure children are the ultimate beneficiaries.

“We can’t thank SAFA enough but as NMCF, we are really grateful of the Association’s annual contribution and we hope this year’s celebrations will be the best,” added Mkhabela.

Bafana Bafana and Paraguay have clashed on three occasions to date.

Their first meeting was in 2002 in Busan, South Korea during the 2002 FIFA World Cup which was co-hosted by Japan and Korea. The match finished 2-2 with Teboho Mokoena and Quinton Fortune finding the net for the Jomo Sono-coached side.

The two sides met again in 2008 in Attridgeville’s Lucas Moripe Stadium where Bafana Bafana beat Paraguay 3-0 with goals from Surprise Moriri, Benni McCarthy and Simphiwe Tshabalala. The team was then coached by Carlos Alberto Parreira.

The two side’s last clash was in 2010 in the Paraguay’s capital of Asuncion. The match ended in a 1-1 draw with again Siphiwe Tshabalala finding the back of the net.

Bafana Bafana played their first Nelson Mandela Challenge match against Zambia in May 1994, which South Africa won 2-1.

Among other nations they have hosted, are the likes of Argentina, Brazil, Netherlands, Sweden, France, Egypt, Senegal, Nigeria and Cameroon.

The last edition to be played was in 2016 when South Africa defeated Egypt – the following year it was not played due to rescheduled 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

This will be the 24th match of the annual event.

Bafana Bafana have won 12 fixtures, lost 8 and drawn three.

Tickets are already on sale at R40 at Computicket, Checkers and Shoprite Checkers stores across the country.



10 May 1994  South Africa 2–1  Zambia Johannesburg
13 May 1995  South Africa 1–1  Argentina Johannesburg
24 April 1996  South Africa 2–3  Brazil Johannesburg
4 June 1997  South Africa 0–2 Netherlands Johannesburg
16 December 1998  South Africa 2–1 Egypt Johannesburg
27 November 1999  South Africa 1–0 Sweden Pretoria
7 October 2000  South Africa 0–0 France Johannesburg
10 November 2001  South Africa 1–0  Egypt Johannesburg
19 November 2002  South Africa 1–1(1–4 p)  Senegal Johannesburg
11 October 2003  South Africa 2–1 Costa Rica Potchefstroom
17 November 2004  South Africa 2–1  Nigeria Johannesburg
12 November 2005  South Africa 3–2  Seneg Port Elizabeth
15 November 2006  South Africa 0-1  Egypt London
17 November 2007  South Africa 0–1  USA Johannesburg
19 November 2008  South Africa 3–2  Cameroon Rustenburg
28 March 2009  South Africa 2–1  Norway Phokeng
17 November 2010  South Africa 0–1 USA Cape Town
12 November 2011  South Africa 1–1 Ivory Coast Port Elizabeth
14 November 2012  South Africa 0–1 Zambia Johannesburg
14 August 2013  South Africa 0–2 Nigeria Durban
30 November 2014  South Africa 2–0 Ivory Coast Nelspruit
8 September 2015  South Africa 1–0  Senegal Johannesburg
6 September 2016  South Africa 1–0  Egypt Johannesburg
October 2017  South Africa v NOT PLAYED


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