The match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Barcelona will be marked as one of the highlights on the South African sporting calendar. The match will be played at the FNB Stadium as part of the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations.

Many South Africans have shown great interest in this encounter that promises to be a spectacle, while a good number of locals show their support for Sundowns.

The FNB Stadium will be packed to the rafters. Football and non-football fans will grace the event. It will not be a replica of the 2010 World Cup but Mamelodi Sundowns and Barcelona will bring back memories of that spectacle.

It is two teams that have won their respective leagues. They have also been dominant forces on their continents. It is perhaps the reason why there is no outright favourite.

“We will recognise Barcelona’s ability but this is home ground I’m a Sundowns fan so let’s hope the best for Sundowns,” says one of the fans.

Although Sundowns could have gone with another team in the world, they went with Barcelona for the calibre of players the club possesses.

“The problem we have as Mamelodi Sundowns is we are also building a track record. A year from now or two years from now, we are bringing another club. You will remember that the previous club we want you to remember the positives because we focus on Barcelona. That’s when they come each time they come with the very best,” says Mamelodi Sundowns President Patrice Motsepe.

Kick-off is at quarter past six in the evening.