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Barcelona announce South Africa friendly to mark Nelson Mandela centenary

(Ah Fat Talk Ball) - La Liga champions Barcelona will play a friendly against South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns in Johannesburg on May 16 as part of celebrations to mark 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela, the Spanish club said on Thursday.

The game is being played at the FNB stadium, formerly known as the Soccer City stadium, where Spain won the 2010 World Cup with a team featuring Barca players Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and captain Andres Iniesta, who struck the only goal in their 1-0 win over the Netherlands.

Mandela was born on July 18, 1918.

The friendly is sandwiched between Barca's penultimate Liga game away to Levante on May 13 and their final game at home to Real Sociedad on May 20.

Ernesto Valverde's side clinched a 25th Liga title on April 29 and the King's Cup on April 21 and are bidding to become the first team since 1933 to complete a Spanish top flight season without losing a game.

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