A day SA will never forget

The Boks and Bafana made sure made sure the Nelson Mandela Sports and Culture Day was one to remember.

The Nelson Mandela Sports and Culture Day at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on 17 August 2013. Picture: @Unite4Mandela via Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - The Springboks ensured it was a day for South Africa to remember as they thrashed Argentina at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, beating then 73-13.

The Boks's match formed part of the Nelson Mandela Sports and Culture Day, an event which is part of the Unite 4 Mandela campaign aimed at bringing together South Africans in celebration of Madiba's vision of sport as a unifying force in society.

Both national teams for rugby and soccer are set to face international opponents on the same day, a first for sport in this country.

The Boks took to the field in search of their seventh successive win under Coach Heyneke Meyer, who opted for continuity having made only two changes to the starting 15 that beat Samoa in June.

Sixteen penalties were awarded in the game; five in the second half, 12 against Argentina, Four against South Africa and there were four scrum penalties.

Two yellow cards were also handed to Argentinian players.

Adriaan Strauss named as man of the match.


Soccer and rugby fans were also left chanting following Bafana Bafana's victory over Burkina Faso earlier today.

Bafana Bafana scored a goal in each half to beat Burkina Faso 2-0.

Man of the match, Siphiwe Tshabalala, put South Africa ahead in the 22nd minute with a brilliant turn followed by a low shot.

Luyolo Nomandela tapped in a goal by Lerato Chabangu in stoppage time to put the game beyond doubt.


Earlier the Bafana Legends team lost 2-0 to their Italian counterparts in the first match of the day.

Despite the team going down in their match the players say they are honoured to join the nation in celebrating Madiba's legacy.

Shaun Bartlett, who was part of the Bafana squad that won the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations, says while they didn't win they are proud to have been part of the event.


One fan described his experience at the packed stadium with EWN Sport.

"It was beautiful. Black and white all came here together and it's a nice thing for the country. I like it."

Another fan agreed, saying such events should be held more often.

"I think everyone was so positive and this can change our mind-set about the way we look at one another. Today we actually all mixed."

But the night is far from over.

A musical concert is about to take place, which will heighten the atmosphere of the already jovial crowd