Several ill kids from the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital felt special pleasure after getting up close & personal with Bafana players on Wednesday.
The national side took some time out of their training preparations for Sunday’s Nelson Mandela Challenge game against Mali.
The likes of Bradley Grobler, Dean Furman, Cape Town City’s Kermit Erasmus, and Bidvest skipper Thulani Hlatshwayo were captured while warmly embracing the patience at the Johannesburg Hospital.
“For a kid growing up, you don’t want any illness,” Erasmus said.
“To start your life with an illness is a very painful thing. And it was emotional for me as a parent. But this is the way of life. The best we can do is give them the best that we can and be positive.”
South African Football Association (SAFA) boss Dr. Danny Jordan was also in the facility. Jordan came forward to confirm the marking of SAFA & the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund 25-year partnership.
“It was very important for us to bring the players to see this project that has been going on for 25 years now, and this hospital is now established, fully operational and for them to walk through to understand that every year we play in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Fund and we make a small contribution,” said the President.
Sunday’s game will kick off from the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium at 15:00.
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