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South Africa will be playing the Ivory Coast in the 17th edition of the Nelson Mandela Challenge scheduled for November 12 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Topping the Fifa Rankings on the continent and 19th in the world, Cote D’Ivoire have been invited to the annual South African football spectacle for the first time.

The Elephants will be parading a 21-man star-studded squad that includes captain and Chelsea talisman Didier Drogba, club team-mate Salomon Kalou, Manchester City pair Yaya and Kolo Toure, Arsenal’s Gervinho, Emmanuel Eboue of Galatasaray and Siaka Tiene of PSG.

Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane will announce his squad on Thursday November 3.

“We are really delighted to have managed to secure an opponent of the calibre of the Ivory Coast. They are number one on the continent, which is a clear indication that it will not be an easy day in the office. We are also honoured to be playing this match near the home of Nelson Mandela. As an Association we believe this is a fitting tribute for all he has done for sport in general in this country,” said South African Football Association (Safa) CEO Dr Robin Petersen on the body’s official website.

The Challenge is held annually to raise funds for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, and Safa will donate a cheque of one-million-rand (€92,000) to the Fund.

Cote D’Ivoire will be participating at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, having booked their place earlier in the qualifiers, but South Africa narrowly missed their Group G’s spot, which Niger mathematically snatched on the final matchday.

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