Nelson Mandela Sports and Culture Day - unforgettable

Bafana Bafana and the Springboks, together on the same day, on the same pitch, played and won for Madiba.

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

FNB STADIUM - The Nelson Mandela Sports and Culture Day will be a Saturday few South Africans will ever forget.

Bafana Bafana and the Springboks, together on the same day, on the same pitch, played and won for Madiba.

The day brought together two of the country's sporting codes as more than 50, 000 fans turned up at the FNB Stadium to honour Madiba, who once famously said, "Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does."

For one soccer fan it was a special day, "This was the first time watching the springboks live - it was wonderful."

After the two matches, fans were treated to a music concert.

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 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 was named man of the match.


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

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 said they were 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, said while they didn't win they were 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."