Cape Town Stadium will play host to the Nelson Mandela Challenge on Wednesday, November 17.
The match will see Bafana Bafana play the national team of the United States of America (USA).
The game is scheduled to start at 9.30pm – a slightly later time than usual to accommodate international viewing times. Gates will open at 6.30pm and spectators will be treated to some entertainment which will be announced in due course.
The USA made it to round 16 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and is currently occupying position 25 on the latest FIFA rankings. The Bafana Bafana squad to play the USA will be announced on Wednesday, November 10.
This will be the third time that South Africa takes on the USA, with the visitors having won the previous two encounters. The first match was played ten years ago in the Gold Cup in Washington, with Bafana Bafana going down 4-0. The second clash was held in 2007 at the Ellispark Stadium in Johannesburg, and the USA won 1-0.
South African Football Association (Safa) Vice President, Mandla “Shoes” Mazibuko, was ecstatic about Bafana’s return to the Mother City. The last time the national team was in Cape Town was for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Zambia in 2007.
“We have kept our side of the bargain as the South African Football Association. We are bringing a massive international fixture to Cape Town, and the ball is now firmly in the hands of the Capetonians to make this event the success it deserves to be – and one such prerequisite is to fill this magnificent World Cup venue to capacity. The match has a huge international television audience, and once more we are presented with an opportunity to showcase our beautiful country and our passion as a sporting nation. Safa has also pledged ONE MILLION rand to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and this will be presented by the captains of the two sides on match day,” said Mazibuko.
“This match is a highlight on Cape Town’s impressive sports calendar,” said Cape Town’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato. “Cape Town supported Bafana Bafana all the way during the World Cup and we are excited about welcoming them back as our national stars. We also want them and the US team to experience our wonderful Cape Town Stadium with the backdrop of Table Mountain. We know the Cape Town “gees” and spirit, so evident during our eight capacity crowd matches during the World Cup, will make this a special occasion for players and supporters. This is one game you must see,” the Mayor said.
Tickets are already on sale at Computicket outlets countrywide as well as Shoprite-Checkers Stores. The tickets cost R50 each for the tier three (third level) and R100 each for tier one and two.
The City will reopen the popular fan walk as a pedestrian route to the Cape Town Stadium. This route runs between the Cape Town rail station and the stadium via Waterkant and Somerset main roads. Roads along the route will be closed to allow for a safe and enjoyable walk. In order to allow local vehicle access, the Sea Point bound carriageway will be turned into a two-way system, releasing the Cape Town-bound carriageway for pedestrians on Main Road in Green Point from York to Ebenezer roads.
In addition, ticket holders can catch MyCiTi busses running from the Civic Centre bus station on Hertzog Boulevard to the Cape Town Stadium bus station in Western Boulevard and back, free of charge. The first shuttle will leave the Civic Centre at 18H00 and the last returning shuttle leaves the stadium at 00H30. Shuttles will depart every 15 minutes, or when they are full.
More information on transport for the event and general public transport is available on the Transport Information Centre’s 24-hour toll-free number, 0800 65 64 63.
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