The first edition of the event was held in 1994; the year South Africa held the country’s first non-racial elections and Mandela was elected as the country’s first democratically chosen leader. The competition was held in celebration of the historic achievement and it was called the Nelson Mandela Inauguration Challenge Cup; South Africa played against Zambia. South Africa won 2-1. The 2001 edition had to be cancelled at the last minute, after Mexico withdrew.

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It also functions as a platform to raise awareness about the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund

Nelson Mandela Challenge results over the years:

Date

Venue

Team 02

Result

28 March 2009
Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
Norway
South Africa won 2-1

19 November 2008
Olympia Park, Rustenburg
Cameroon
South Africa won 3-2

17 November 2007

Ellis Park,
Johannesburg

United States of America

United States of America won 1-0

15 November 2006

Brentford,
London

Egypt

Egypt won 1-0

12 November 2005

EPRU stadium,
Port Elizabeth

Senegal

Senegal won 3-2

17 November 2004

Ellis Park,
Johannesburg

Nigeria

South Africa won 2-1

11 October 2003

Olen Park,
Potchefstroom

Costa Rica

South Africa won 2-1

19 November 2002

Ellis Park,
Johannesburg

Senegal

Match ended 1-all, Senegal won 4-1 on penalties

07 October 2000

Ellis Park,
Johannesburg

France

Match ended goalless

27 November 1999

Loftus stadium,
Pretoria

Sweden

South Africa won 1-0

16 December 1998

FNB stadium,
Johannesburg

Egypt

South Africa won 2-1

04 June 1997

FNB stadium,
Johannesburg

Netherlands

Netherlands won 2-0

24 April 1996

FNB stadium,
Johannesburg

Brazil

Brazil won 3-2

13 May 1995

Ellis Park,
Johannesburg

Argentina

Match ended 1-all

12 May 1994

Ellis Park,
Johannesburg

Zambia

South Africa won 2-1