DOWNS TO DO IT FOR MADIBA AGAINST BARCA |
Tshwane outfit Mamelodi Sundowns are ready for the big game when they will lock horns with La Liga Spanish giants FC Barcelona. The match dubbed the clash of Champions will see the most dominant team in recent years visit South Africa for Nelson Mandela Centenary Cup .
The match organized by the Motsepe Foundation spear headed by South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe’s wife Precious Motsepe. This is one game that will bring South Africa to a stand-still when the two team tackle each other at FNB stadium in Nasrec, Johannesburg. The match is sort to have cost the Foundation around R105 million.
The encounter is believed to have attracted TV rights all across Africa and Europe. Masandawa players will have to be at their best if they are to upset the La Liga Champions. Percy Tau is the hope of Mamelodi Sundowns and the likes of Gerald Pique will have to be at their best to stop the on form attacker who is set for greater heights after having one of the best forms of his career that saw him scoop a coupler man of the match awards. The player is also joint top goal scorer with Rodney Ramagalela after scoring 11 goals each in the 2017/2018 campaign.
FC Barcelona have promised to bring in their best team that will include 4 TIMES Ballon’d Or winner Leo Messi, Luis Suarez and Brazilian Phillip Coutinho who joined the Catalan club from Liverpool. Barca boosts some of the world best players who will campaign in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia next month. Barca will look to make it two in a row against Mamelodi Sundowns after their 2-1 victory in 2007.
Barcelona is one of three founding members of the Primera División that havenever been relegated from the top division, along with Atheletic Bilbao and Real Madrid. In 2009, Barcelona became the first Spanish club to win the continental treble consisting of La Liga, Copa Del Reya, and the UEFA Champions League, and also became the first Spanish football club to win six out of six competitions in a single year, by also winning the Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup and Fifa Club World Cup. In 2011, the club became European champions again and won five trophies. This Barcelona team, which won 14 trophies in just 4 years under Pep Guardiola, is considered by some in the sport to be the greatest team of all time. By winning their fifth Champions League trophy on 6 June 2015, Barcelona became the first European club in history to achieve the continental treble twice.