• This is the second time Barcelona and Mamelodi Sundowns have faced off against in each other.
  • Over 2,000 tickets were left by Saturday.
  • The Motsepe Foundation have increased their spending on security since the match will be during the week.


South Africans are ready for the match dubbed to be the hottest in the country's sporting calendar this year of Mamelodi Sundowns against Spain's Barcelona. Tickets sold like hot cakes at 216 tickets per minute.

It is reported that the Motsepe Foundation paid about R105 million to convince Barca to play Sundowns at the FNB stadium on Wednesday. An amount the foundation would not confirm.

"People shouldn't be concerned about the money," said spokesperson Thulani Thuswa.

"Yes this is a big match, but this is more than the match, but also about its purpose which is the celebration of the Mandela centenary," he says.

Speaking to journalists at the Sandton Convention Centre on Friday, Sundowns owner, Patrice Motsepe also would not be drawn into the cost of bringing the five-time UEFA Champions League to the country saying he was aware of the challenges that face the country in the wake of the money spent for the match.

"We are conscious of the obligations we have to the country and the resources we have at our disposal," Motsepe said.

Stadium Manangement CEO, Dr Jacques Grobbelaar had confirmed via Twitter by Friday that over 50 000 tickets had been sold.

Patrice Motsepe, with an estimated net worth $1.8 billion, received law degrees from the University of Swaziland and the University of Witwatersrand. (Gallo Images)

Ticket prices started at R40 going up to R550 for general access. By Friday, over 50 000 tickets had been sold.

Stadium Management CEO, Dr Jacques Grobbelaar, went on to say that over 76 000 tickets were sold in the first 36 hours of them going on sale. A total of 78 787 tickets were allocated for the match. The stadium holds a total capacity of 94 736 people.

Motsepe announced at he press conference that they have increased their spending on security as the match will be during the week. It has raised fears of traffic congestion on roads leading to the stadium.

Thuswa says that there will be a train departing from the Bosman train station in Pretoria, which will be stopping at Tembisa's Oakmoor train, to collect commuters to the match in Nasrec to ease traffic congestion.

Those driving in are urged to start arriving at 3pm for the match set to start 6:15, so that there are no bottlenecks at the stadium.

Motsepe will, at half-time, make a "humble" donation to the Nelson Mandela Foundation. According to Thuswa, the money will be from Motsepe's own pocket.

Thuswa would not be drawn into how much "humble" is.

Lionel Messi (C) of FC Barcelona conducts the ball between Mateo Kovacic (L), Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd R) and Luka Modric (R) of Real Madrid CF during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou stadium on December 3, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

According to Soccer Laduma, big stars, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho could play only 45 minutes of the game. This is second time that the two have met in a friendly, with the first time being in 2007 were Barca beat Masandawana 2-1.

Barcelona will arrive in South Africa on Tuesday.

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