Jor­daan lauds Mot­sepe for Barcelona coup

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG

South African Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (SAFA) pres­i­dent Danny Jor­daan has thanked Mamelodi Sun­downs owner Pa­trice Mot­sepe for mak­ing it pos­si­ble to bring Barcelona to South Africa.

Jor­daan, Mot­sepe and An­to­nio Bar­radas, LaLiga’s Africa Di­rec­tor, were all in­volved in ne­go­ti­a­tions to bring the Span­ish cham­pi­ons to South Africa where they will play for the Man­dela Cen­te­nary Cup. “We are glad that Barcelona are com­ing to our shores" said Jor­daan as quoted by the of­fi­cial SAFA web­site.

"The soc­cer lov­ing pub­lic will have an op­por­tu­nity to watch the best tal­ent in ac­tion, we are talk­ing of Messi and Suarez of this world."

JO­HAN­NES­BURG

Jor­daan lauded Mot­sepe’s shrewd busi­ness­man acu­men say­ing he had wit­nessed for him­self why the Sun­downs owner was a win­ner through and through.

He also took time this week to thank CAF and other foot­ball stake­hold­ers for ac­com­mo­dat­ing this im­por­tant clash be­tween the two coun­tries’ club cham­pi­ons. "We need to thank CAF for al­low­ing Sun­downs to post­pone their CAF Cham­pi­ons League game against Horoya AC to en­able the PSL cham­pi­ons to ful­fill this im­por­tant fix­ture in hon­our of Nel­son Man­dela," said Jor­daan. "But most im­por­tantly, we need to thank Pa­trice Mot­sepe for his gen­er­ous at­ti­tude and mak­ing this clash a re­al­ity. We as SAFA are proud of (Pa­trice) Mot­sepe and his Na­tion Build­ing vi­sion."

Jor­daan, Mot­sepe and Bar­radas trav­elled to the Cata­lan cap­i­tal where they also watched the El Clas­sico on Sun­day evening be­tween Barcelona and Real Madrid which ended in a 2-2 draw be­fore seal­ing the agree­ment for the ti­tanic clash that will take place on Wed­nes­day at FNB Sta­dium at 18:00. "This is one of the most mem­o­rable years in re­mem­brance of our Fa­ther of the Na­tion," said Jor­daan.

COM­MIT­TED: Percy Tau.

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