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Johannesburg – The FNB Stadium, also known as Soccer City and the Calabash, outside Soweto has erupted into a frenzy excitement of vuvuzelas in unison to the inaugural Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula arrived at the inaugural Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day at the FNB stadium, outside Soweto a few hours ago.

Thousands of the South Africans at the stadium are wearing their green and yellow Bafana Bafana jerseys, while others are wearing the green Springbok jerseys.

For the first time in history of the rainbow nation, fans will enjoy a double header of rugby and a football match, played at the same venue.

The 60 minute masters match will be followed by an international friendly match between Bafana and the 2013 Africa Nations Cup (Afcon) runners-up, Burkina Faso, the Les Etalons at 1:30pm also in honour of Madiba.

At 5pm, South Africans will unite in cheering the Springboks as they take on Argentina in a rugby test match which is expected to be a thriller.

Again, the Rugby and soccer fans will also be treated to a music concert featuring a number of top local artists such as the legendary Mahotella Queens, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Black Coffee, Kurt Darren and Mafikizolo as well as international artists such as Salif Keita to mention but a few.

The sporting event is also part of the United4Mandela campaign which seeks to bring together South Africans in celebration of former President Mandela’s vision of sports as a unifying force in society.

SA/Italy Masters match

Although the South African masters led by their skipper, the legendary Radebe, played exciting football, they were beaten 2-nil by the Italian Masters.

Roberto put his side in the 20th minute when he took a sloppy shot in the box and managed to beat Arendse. During half-time, the Italians were still leading 1-nil.

The Italians increased their tally in the second half, through Emiliano in the 53rd minute. After the match, Deputy President Motlanthe and Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula conferred medals to the two teams, but the winning team also received a trophy.

South African masters line up: Andre Arendse, Edward Motale, Mark Fish, Neil Tovey, skipper, Lucas Radebe, Doctor Khumalo, Shoes Moshoeu, David Nyathi, Helman Mkhalele, Phil Masinga and Teenage Dladla.

Substitute: John Tlale, Linda Buthelezi, Shaun Bartlert, Jomo Sono, Calvin Peterson, Owen da Gama, Mark Tovey, Les Grobler, Mlungisi Ngubane and Shane McGregor.

Italian Masters: Ballota Marco, Gentile Claudio, Vierchowod Pietro, Mussi Roberto, Pavan Simone, De Agostini Luigi, Barone Simon, Galia Roberto, Rizzitelli Ruggiero, Giordano Bruno, Salvetti Emiliano.

Substitute: Galli Giovanni, Caniato Massimiliano, Negro Paulo, Di Chiara Alberto, Nela Sebastiano, Rossi Maurizo, Agostini Massimo, Caricola Nicola and Galderisi Giueseppe. -