- Minister Tokozile Xasa pledged to make the match a violence-free encounter
- Sundowns' owner, Patrice Motsepe, echoed the minister's pledge
- The match is part of Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations
Sports and Recreation Minister, Tokozile Xasa, has assured fans and the wider football fraternity that the Mamelodi Sundowns vs Barcelona match will be violence-free.
The minister made the assurance during a press conference convened by Mamelodi Sundowns in Sandton on Thursday, Briefly.co.za learned. She said:
Government, together with the SAPS, will be ensuring the safety of fans and I urge those that will be attending to create a safe atmosphere for everyone.
Sundowns' owner, billionaire Patrice Motsepe, echoed the minister's pledge. He urged fans to buy tickets as soon as possible because they are selling fast, adding:
As a foundation and the Motsepe family, we are honoured to inspire young South Africans through football.
Bringing the best talent in the world to South Africa will inspire the youth and show them that anything is possible.
The two champions will play on 16 May at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg. The match is part of the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations.
Tokyo Sexwale represented the Nelson Mandela Foundation at the press conference. He gave the Motsepe family a ball signed by Brazilian World Cup winner Pele as recognition of its immense contribution to South African football.
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe, ANC's election head Fikile Mbalula, and SAFA boss Danny Jordaan were also in attendance.
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