Barcelona touched down in South Africa ahead of their friendly match against the Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nelson Mandela Centenary Cup on Wednesday. They were received by top officials of Sundowns and scores of football fans who thronged the airport to catch a glimpse of their football idols.
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The cup is in place to commemorate the life of South Africa's former president, who died in December 2013 and would have turned 100 years old in July this year, and will see Barca play in South Africa for only the second time. "It is precisely this kind of spirit with which FC Barcelona has always been identified", the statement added. Leaders from across the world were in South Africa for his funeral. Their final game is at home to Real Sociedad on May 20.
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.
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