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Lionel Messi Included in Barcelona Squad for Friendly vs. Mamelodi Sundowns

16 May 2018

The wait is finally over after FC Barcelona confirmed last night that Argentina superstar Lionel Messi and Uruguay marksman Luis Suarez will face Mamelodi Sundowns at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Wednesday night.

This is the second time that Sundowns will host Barcelona for a friendly game, having previously met in 2007, a match that the Catalans won 2-1.

Similarly, Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is expected to name his strongest squad available for this clash with stars like Ugandan keeper Denis Onyango and star striker Khama Billiat lining up.

Nonetheless, Messi, Suarez and the rest of the Barca squad wore a fearless face as they prepare to pay homage to the late Mandela by repeating their 2-1 victory over the Sundowns in their only other visit to South Africa back in 2007.

Tonight's match is part of celebrations to mark 100 years since the birth of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. Leaders from across the world were in South Africa for his funeral.

Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 and died in December 2013.

Barca completed a La Liga and Copa del Rey double last month and, with two games remaining, can become the first Spanish side to go unbeaten over a full season.

Lionel Messi Included in Barcelona Squad for Friendly vs. Mamelodi Sundowns