JOHANNESBURG, May 7 – The Premier Soccer League (PSL) on Monday announced its support of Mamelodi Sundowns hosting Spanish giants FC Barcelona in a friendly match on May 16 at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
The PSL issued the following statement:
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) received a request from Mamelodi Sundowns to play an international friendly match against FC Barcelona.
The match has been arranged to form part of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebrations.
The League has always followed the same approach in respect of friendly matches in particular when these will (or might) impact the League or Cup competitions.
This request however was of extraordinary nature in that it formed part of the Madiba Centenary Celebrations.
Moreover, it had both direct support both of sponsors Nedbank and Government in light of the nature and importance of the event and the part football plays in bringing South Africans together.
The Executive Committee of the League granted the requested subject to compliance with all of the relevant requirements of Caf and Fifa.