Bafana Bafana are set to return to Port Elizabeth after almost eight years since they last played in the Eastern Cape city.

Coach Molefi Ntseki’s team are going to play against Mali in a Nelson Mandela Challenge match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday, 13 October.

This is going to be Ntseki’s first match in charge of Bafana Bafana after friendly matches against Zambia and Madagascar were called off at the 11th hour in August.

SAFA President Danny Jordaan, in the audio below, shares why they chose Mali.

Jordaan is happy that Ntseki will lead Bafana Bafana in his debut against the west African country.

Ntseki has thanked the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro for making it possible for him to lead the senior national soccer team in Port Elizabeth.

Ntseki reckons this is an important game for his boys as it will help them prepare for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Ghana and Sudan.

Meanwhile, Ntseki has not changed much in his selection of the team against Mali compared to what he had when preparing for cancelled encounters against Zambia and Madagascar last month.

– Report by Monwabisi Jimlongo