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La Liga teams heading to SA for Mandela celebrations

La Liga president Javier Tebas has revealed that two unnamed Spanish sides will be sent to South Africa to participate in a tournament as part of the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations next year.

The event, which is in memory of South Africa’s former head of state, who would have turned a 100 years old, was launched earlier this year by the Nelson Mandela Foundation through La Liga’s newly established partnership with the SA Football Association (Safa).

“We are still deciding on the city for this tournament – it might be Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban,” Tebas told The Star in an interview.

“There will be two Spanish teams travelling there. We have also organised a tournament for kids there in South Africa, including various other events we are still working on with Safa.

“I am not sure yet which teams, but we will know soon.”

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