MANDELA CENTENARY CUP
Sundowns to give Barcelona ‘a friendly run’
The friendly pits the new Premiership winners against the Spanish La Liga champions
Free State Stars’ Uefa pro licence coach Luc Eymael believes Mamelodi Sundowns will give Barcelona a run for their considerable money when the two meet in Wednesday night’s friendly at FNB Stadium. Barcelona have been brought to SA at a great cost to compete in the Mandela Centenary Cup friendly (kick-off 6.15pm) in front of a 78,800-strong crowd. Eymael is one of the highest qualified coaches in SA. His Stars faced Sundowns twice on their way to a sixth-place finish in the 2017-18 Premiership season. He believes Downs can match Barcelona blow for blow. The Belgian cautioned that not too much should be read into the result of a friendly match‚ particularly with Barca only arriving in the country on Wednesday morning. But he said even a friendly game against some of the world’s best stars‚ including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez‚ would be of value for Sundowns‚ especially in their preparations for the resumption of their Caf Champions League group stage campaign against Horoya in Guin...