Sport 10.11.2014 03:30 pm

Boks take on Proteas to honour Mandela’s legacy

FILE PICTURE: A young man holds up a South African flag with an image of Nelson Mandela. Picture: Refilwe Modise

FILE PICTURE: A young man holds up a South African flag with an image of Nelson Mandela. Picture: Refilwe Modise

The Springboks and Proteas will go head-to-head in the Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup T20 match at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on December 5.

The South African Rugby Union (Saru) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) will partner with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to bring fans another unique encounter on the first anniversary of the passing away of former president Nelson Mandela.

Various fundraising initiatives will take place on the day with proceeds going to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

“The passing of Madiba affected all South Africans and left us with a duty to continue his legacy,” said Saru CEO Jurie Roux.

“He worked tirelessly to bring people together from different communities and, in a small way, this sporting celebration of his contribution to South Africa does that in a symbolic way. The fact that a donation will be made to his foundation is our contribution to continuing that work.

“The Springboks really enjoyed last year’s encounter and I know that meetings of the selectors have already taken place.”

CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said: “We all remember the excitement at last year’s match between the Proteas and Springboks in Cape Town when a sell-out crowd enjoyed the rivalry between these two national teams.

“With this match eagerly anticipated by sports fans around the country, we are expecting the same enjoyment from fans who will make their way to the Wanderers Stadium.

“With two of our best national sports teams meeting each other, I can’t think of a better way to honour one of the world’s greatest leaders. This will be another memorable day for all South Africans,” added Lorgat.

The Springbok and Proteas team managements have agreed to field their best available players for the match.

Tickets for the match will go on sale on today are available from ticketpros and range between R90-R200.

Fans will also be entertained on the day by top local artists. A signing session with both teams will also take place as well as the popular Hit a Six competition.

 

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