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World Cup 2010: Mandela makes brief appearance at closing ceremony

07-12-2010 08:16 BJT Special Report:World Cup 2010 |

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The FIFA World Cup has held an extravagant closing ceremony ahead of the tournament's final between Spain and the Netherlands. Soccer City in Johannesburg erupted with fireworks, as local singers and musicians performed. Participants danced into the shape of a vuvuzela that spouted lights.

This was followed by Columbian pop diva Shakira singing "Waka Waka...this time for Africa" - the tournament's official anthem - done in collaboration with locally based band Freshlyground...who hail from various parts of the African continent. Performers marched through the field with lights leaving a trail of national flags behind them. Former South African President Nelson Mandela and his wife made a brief appearance at the closing ceremony.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel wave to fans during the closing ceremony of the 2010 World Cup at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg July 11, 2010.REUTERS/Michael Kooren
Former South African President Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca 
Machel wave to fans during the closing ceremony of the 2010 World 
Cup at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg July 11, 2010.REUTERS/
Michael Kooren


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