European and Spanish giants Barcelona have arrived in South Africa where they are expected to play a friendly match against South Africa league champions Mamelodi Sundowns later today.
The Barcelona team arrived in Johannesburg included Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and retiring Andres Iniesta.
They were received by top officials of Sundowns and football fans who thronged the airport to catch a glimpse of their football idols.
[📋 SQUAD] Ter Stegen, Cillessen, Semedo, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Denis, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Dembélé, Coutinho, Paulinho, Alcácer, Alba, Digne, S Roberto, André Gomes, A Vidal, Y Mina, Aleñá (26), R de Galarreta (40) & J Cuenca (41) #SundownsBarça pic.twitter.com/DLJau3JwVI
— FC Barcelona 🏆🏆 (@FCBarcelona) May 15, 2018
— Mamelodi Sundowns FC (@Masandawana) May 16, 2018
The game which takes place at the FNB stadium (formerly the Soccer City Stadium) will also be part of the commemoration of the centenary celebration of the life of the country’s first black president Nelson Mandela.
“FC Barcelona has always professed its admiration for Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest figures of the 20th century, who after 27 years in prison went on to become the first democratically elected president of post-apartheid South Africa from 1994 to 1999,” the Spanish side said in a statement confirming today’s fixture.