THE City of Tshwane has invited soccer legend Lucas Moripe as their guest of honour during the sold-out friendly between Bafana Bafana and Denmark on Saturday.
This game, scheduled for the eponymous Lucas "Masterpieces" Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, was sold out six hours after it went on sale, said elated Safa chief executive Leslie Sedibe.
Saturday's game will be the first match played since the stadium was named after Moripe, who has several nicknames, including "Masterpieces" and "Modimo wa Bolo".
Tshwane 2010 World Cup chief executive Godfrey Nkwane said: "We have invited Masterpieces because it will be the first match at the venue since it was named after him. We have also invited other soccer greats who put Tshwane on the map in soccer, like Nkosi Molala, Harry Mothibedi and George Kgobe.
"We have been in discussions with Leslie Sedibe regarding logistics for the match since the stadium has been officially been handed over to Fifa.
"Tshwane will provide park-and-ride facilities so that we do not have traffic problems around the stadium."
Meanwhile, Sedibe commended South Africans yesterday for embracing Bafana in the build-up to the World Cup. This was after he announced that the tickets for Saturday's match were sold out six hours after they went on sale.
"What an amazing response by South Africans," Sedibe said.
"We could not get a bigger venue because all the stadiums have been handed over to Fifa, but I must say as Safa we appreciate the massive support for Bafana Bafana."
Denmark's defensive pair of Daniel Agger and Per Kroldrup will have to keep a close eye on in-form striker Katlego "Killer" Mphela to avoid further embarrassment. Denmark were defeated 1-0 by Australia in a friendly at Ruimisig Stadium in Roodepoort on Tuesday.