- Barcelona FC have arrived in South Africa ahead of their match against PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns
- The two sides are set to face each other at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg tonight
- Superstars Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta have been included in the squad to play
Barcelona FC has officially arrived in South Africa, the Spanish giants touched down at OR Tambo International Airport shortly after 08:35 this morning.
The newly crowned Spanish La Liga Champions will face PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg tonight.
The match forms part of the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations. Kick-off is set for 18:15 tonight and will be played in front of a capacity crowd.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Barcelona was originally scheduled to arrive at around 6 am this morning, but the team’s flight was delayed. The team is scheduled to fly back to Spain later tonight.
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde earlier announced the squad he chose to travel to South Africa:
Ter Stegen, Cillessen, Semedo, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Denis, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Dembélé, Coutinho, Paulinho, Alcácer, Jordi Alba, Digne, Sergi Roberto, André Gomes, Aleix Vidal, Yerry Mina, Aleñá (26), R. de Galarreta (40) i J. Cuenca (41)
Fans packed the arrivals hall at OR Tambo International for Barcelona’s arrival.
The crowd which was made up of soccer fans both young and old could be heard chanting: “Messi, Messi, Messi.”
Barcelona is expected to head to the FNB Stadium for a light practice session ahead of the match.
Some fans react to Barcelona FC's arrival and what they expect from the match.
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