Several politicians, including the EFF’s big three of Julius Malema, Floyd Shivambu and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, were given VIP treatment at FNB Stadium on Wednesday during Mamelodi Sundowns’ 3-1 loss to Spanish giants FC Barcelona.
They and the ANC’s Jeff Radebe, Fikile Mbalula and others sat with Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe in his box, and were regularly out of their seats to cheer on the local side, which couldn’t produce a dream result against the La Liga champions.
Sloppy defending and a lack of ruthlessness in taking their chances hampered Sundowns’ ambitions.
Nevertheless, the friendly was played in great spirit as a trophy statue of Nelson Mandela was handed to the victorious visitors post-match.
Before kickoff it was also all smiles for Malema and football superstar Lionel Messi, who only came on late in the second half. He had a few good touches, including one almighty long-distance shot that nearly got past the Downs keeper.
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In a generally entertaining encounter, it was heartening to see Barca’s big stars in South Africa, including Andres Iniesta, who is soon to retire, and the mercurial Luis Suarez, who scored the second goal.