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Mandela to decide Sunday on attending World Cup final

07-08-2010 13:46 BJT Special Report:World Cup 2010 |

It's hoped that after missing out on the opening game of the World Cup, South Africa's modern day father and hero Nelson Mandela can make the tournaments Final. That's according to Fifa's local organizing committee media manager Jermaine Craig.

Jermaine Craig, Oranizing Committee Media Manager, said, "Yes, Brazilian President Lula da Silva is here on a state visit and will be here in the country. As far as that, I can confirm that our state president Jacob Zuma will certainly be here, but unfortunately, as we've said before, former president Mandela has an open invitation to the final and his family will decide on the day whether he will attend. But certainly from our side, unfortunately, not too much on the list front."

Mandela may attend final

Before the opening match, the former South African President Nelson Mandela suffered personal heartbreak after his 13-year-old great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela was killed in a car crash.

She was on her way home from a concert in Soweto on the eve of the World Cup. Before the competition started, The Nelson Mandela Foundation said the former leader would not attend the World Cup opening ceremony in Johannesburg, because Mandela was "torn up" by the accident but it is hoped he'll be somewhere in the stands Sunday.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CCTV.com

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