Madida will be at opening Bafana match...Makhenkesi Stofile, the Minister of Sport and Recreation, has revealed to the media that, contrary to earlier media reports, Nelson Mandela will be at Soccer City next Friday for the World Cup opening ceremony.
Despite his frail health, the 91-year-old Mandela will brave the chilly Highveld winter to attend the opening festivities.
Stofile said the former State President and Nobel Prize laureate had asked for four tickets from the board of the 2010 World Cup, that the request has been honoured and that Madiba is going to get his tickets.
Mandela will attend the opening match between Bafana Bafana and Mexico as well as the Final scheduled for July 11 at Soccer City Stadium.
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