Mamelodi Sundowns' Tiyani Mabunda not chasing after Barcelona star Lionel Messi's jersey


Razak Brimah's side Mamelodi Sundowns will face Spanish giants Barcelona in a friendly clash today, 16 May at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium.

Barça manager Ernesto Valverde has brought a star-studded squad to South Africa, with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta and Philippe Coutinho all included in the squad.

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There also are fringe players in the squad such as Ousmane Dembele, and Lucas Digne, whom Sundowns reported was briefly held at the South African airport owing to a fever.

The game will be Barca's second visit to South Africa. Their final game is at home to Real Sociedad on May 20.

The friendly comes after Barca's painful La Liga loss to Levante over the weekend, which result denied them a record unbeaten run in the season.