Update: Bafana beats Burkina Faso 2-0

Tshabalala and Chabangu scored for Bafana against Burkina Faso at the Madiba games.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana have beaten Burkina Faso 2-0 in the second event of the Nelson Mandela Sports and Culture Day, which is currently underway in Soweto.

Siphiwe Tshabalala gave the home team the lead in the first half and Lerato Chabangu scored the second goal with three minutes extra time given in the second half.

The event is part of the Unite 4 Mandela campaign, which aims to bring together South Africans in celebration of Madiba's vision of sport as a unifying force in society.

The FNB Stadium is packed with a hugely diverse crowd, all ready to enjoy the games and the entertainment scheduled for later this evening.

Earlier President Jacob Zuma welcomed fans through a video message, saying the day is the perfect way to celebrate the life of former President Nelson Mandela.

A number of dignitaries that attending the event include Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Sports Minister Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula and former Presidents Thabo Mbeki and F. W. de Klerk.

Mbalula said the event is to honour Madiba's spirit of unity.

Thousands of spectators are still arriving and the stadium is slowly filling up.

The Springboks will take on Argentina in the opening match of the Rugby Championship at the same venue at 5PM.

In what is seen as a first for sport in this country, both national teams for rugby and soccer face international opponents on the same day.

A concert will also be held at the conclusion of the day featuring local and international artists such as Kurt Darren, Sahara and Salif Keita.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital.


The Italian Legends team beat their South African counterparts 2-0 in the first event of the day.

Despite the Bafana Legends 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.

"We were known as the 'Madiba boys' and obviously we wanted to be part of this day. Unfortunately we didn't get the result but I think we've done more than we could have."