Uganda Cranes captain Dennis Onyango Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
  • International Club Friendly Match (Nelson Mandela Centenary Cup):
  • 16th May, 2018
  • Mamelodi Sundowns Vs FC Barcelona – FNB Stadium, Johannesburg (7 pm)
[/media-credit] Gooalkeeper Denis Onyango is expected to start the game against FC Barcelona Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

When Spanish La Liga reigning champions FC Barcelona take on South African 8-time PSL Champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday evening, hundreds of spectators are expected to watch this game.

The Masandawa confirmed the fixture a few weeks ago in the exhibition game whose prime goal is to celebrate what would have been the iconic Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.

To Uganda Cranes captain, also the first choice goalkeeper Dennis Onyango, this Mandela Centenary Cup is a big opportunity for him as a player and the rest of his teammates to some of the world’s finest players.

In an exclusive interview with Kawowo Sports, Onyango confessed to Kawowo Sports;

This is a great opportunity to face one of the best quality clubs in the world with world class players.


The big hearted shot stopper revels in the match as a special moment and he shared his excitement aloud;

It is a great feeling and excited towards the game. These are kinds of games that everyone would love to play. As a person, it keeps me on my toes. I will give my best. It will be just like any other game. This is an honour for us to be given an opportunity to play with such a big club and we shall give our best in the match.

Due to this game, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) moved the Horoya against Mamelodi Sundowns CAF Champions League game to May 22 after the two teams had a cordial agreement.

Barcelona’s second visit to South Africa and their last visit was in 2007 for a friendly in Pretoria, also against the Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Catalans won that game 2-1 thanks to goals from Santi Ezquerro and Marc Crosas.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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