FC Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde claims the club were honoured to be invited to face Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nelson Mandela Centenary Cup on Wednesday.
Barcelonare outright winners on Wednesday evening, thumping Mamelodi Sundowns 3-1 at the FNB Stadium.
Valverde says he liked the enthusiasm Downs played with, while being hhonoured as a club to be invited for the Mandela 100 year celebrations.
“It’s a team with a lot of enthusiasm and the environment and atmosphere. I liked it very much. It’s been an honour to be invited to celebrate the 100 years of Mr Mandela,” Valverde told SuperSport TV with the help of a translator.
“I think people enjoyed it very much. I think they enjoyed it very much watching their favourite players playing so that is fantastic,” he said in a post-match interview.
“It’s a pleasure to be here. I think the African supporters are always very happy and want to enjoy everything. It was nice being here, it was a good experience and it was nice to learn from them,” he added.