Former president Nelson Mandela once showed up at Shaun Bartlett’s wedding in Cape Town almost unannounced 21 years ago. Bartlett was playing in the US at the time and had befriended one of Mandela’s granddaughters, a student who was also based in the land of the Star Spangled Banner. The story goes she told Bartlett during one of their conversations that the statesman wanted to attend his wedding, but naturally the player didn’t believe her. Few were aware that the iconic statesman would attend the nuptials and when he did turn up, his security detail, ambulances, bomb squad and all the other things you would expect to be part of a head of state’s entourage had to be hastily accommodated. Bartlett certainly has a unique connection to Mandela that few can claim, and perhaps the former Bafana Bafana striker still has a whiff of that old Madiba Magic in him if events at the weekend are anything to go by. The 46-year-old joined the Bafana camp a few days ago and he is on the SA Footbal...

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