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.