SAfrica beats Burkina Faso in game for Mandela
South Africa celebrated Nelson Mandela with a doubleheader of
soccer and rugby at in the Soweto area of Johannesburg on
The national team beat Burkina Faso 2-0 in a friendly dedicated
to South Africa’s 95-year-old anti-apartheid hero and former
president, who has been hospitalized recently. Between games, a
South African Airways jet flew low over the 90,000-seat FNB Stadium
that hosted the World Cup final three years ago.
Later Saturday, the Springboks will open their Rugby
Championship campaign against Argentina. The spectacle was
reminiscent of the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Then, Mandela, famously
wearing the national team jersey, inspired a newly-democratic,
post-apartheid South Africa to victory on that occasion in one of
the country’s most poignant and unifying moments.