Defending African Cup of Nations champions Zambia have been confirmed as Bafana Bafana's opposition for the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge, the South African Football Association announced on Thursday.
The clash will take place at the FNB Stadium, which hosted the 2010 Fifa World Cup final, on 14 November. Some of the proceeds will go to the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund (NMCF).
The teams have met only once previously in the Nelson Mandela Challenge, in 1994, in the very first year of its existence, when South Africa scored a 2-1 victory at Ellis Park.
The forthcoming match will be the 18th Nelson Mandela Challenge Â– only in 2001 was it not played after Mexico pulled out of the match at the last minute Â– and South Africa's record is a well-rounded seven victories, seven defeats and three draws.
The match at the FNB Stadium will be the first in Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city, since 2007.
Last year, Bafana Bafana came from behind to draw 1-1 with Africa's top ranked team, Côte d'Ivoire. An own goal by Siboniso Gaxa put the Elephants in front, but a stunning second half free kick by Katlego Mphela levelled the match.
South African Football Association (Safa) CEO Robin Petersen commented at the announcement of Bafana BafanaÂ’s opponents in Johannesburg: "We are honoured to be playing a high-profile opposition like Zambia as this is in line with our vision of playing tough opponents as part of our preparations for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
'A special occasion'
"It is also a special occasion in that Zambia was the first nation to play in this event back in 1994, and are currently the title holders of Afcon Â– so we are confident that it will be quite a celebration with our neighbours when we meet."
Petersen said Safa would donate R1-million to the NMCF. "We are once again privileged to have the opportunity to help the needy, as part of the proceeds from the match will go towards the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund," he explained.
NMCF Acting CEO Moipone Buda-Ramatlo responded: "To us, the Nelson Mandela Challenge is more than just an annual sporting event of 90 minutes' cheer to the followers of the beautiful game. It is also a statement of belief that the problems facing children are of much concern to the broader football community.
'Stars we can count on'
"All the problems that are facing children off the field certainly become lighter to tackle in the knowledge that there are stars we can count on on the field to spread the message of building a brighter future for our children.
"It is in this regard that we acknowledge and thank Safa for the donation of R1-million, which will go a long way in helping to address the need of our children."
Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund will announce his side for the clash on Monday, 5 November.
NELSON MANDELA CHALLENGE RESULTS
1994, Johannesburg: SA 2-1 Zambia
1995, Johannesburg: SA 1-1 Argentina
1996, Johannesburg: SA 2-3 Brazil
1997, Johannesburg: SA 0-2 The Netherlands
1998, Johannesburg: SA 2-1 Egypt
1999, Pretoria: SA 1-0 Sweden
2000, Johannesburg: SA 0-0 France
2002, Johannesburg: SA 1-1 Senegal (1-4 pen)
2003, Potchefstroom: SA 2-1 Costa Rica
2004, Johannesburg: SA 2-1 Nigeria
2005, Port Elizabeth: SA 2-3 Senegal
2006, London: SA 0-1 Egypt
2007, Johannesburg: SA 1-2 USA
2008, Rustenburg: SA 3-2 Cameroon
2009, Phokeng: SA 2-1 Norway
2010, Cape Town, SA 0-1 USA
2011, Port Elizabeth, SA 1-1 Côte d'Ivoire