Nelson Mandela Challenge

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For the rugby union competition, see Mandela Challenge Plate.
Nelson Mandela Challenge
Founded 1994
Number of teams 2
Current champions  Nigeria
Television broadcasters SABC

The Nelson Mandela Challenge is an annual football (soccer) match between South Africa and an invited visiting team. The challenge was founded in, as a way to raise money for the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.[1]


The challenge is played as a single leg, held in South Africa on all but one occasion. In previous years the title was shared if the match was tied after 90 minutes. From 2002 the match will proceed to penalties if there is no winner after 90 minutes.

Match results[edit]


  1. ^ "Bafana Bafana to face Zambia in the 2012 Nelson Mandela Challenge". SAFA. 1 November 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012.