FIFA: No word yet on who will present World Cup
FIFA has not yet decided who will present the World Cup trophy
to the winning captain on Sunday.
Former South Africa president Nelson Mandela is likely to
perform the honor if the 91-year-old anti-apartheid icon is well
enough to attend the match at Soccer City, but FIFA spokesman
Nicolas Maingot said on Wednesday there is “no information on this
Mandela’s foundation released a brief statement later Wednesday
acknowledging an invitation from FIFA.
“We note FIFA’s open invitation to Mr. Nelson Mandela to attend
the closing ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup,” the statement
read from Achmat Dangor, chief executive of the Nelson Mandela
“We reiterate that Mr. Mandela and his family will make the
decision about whether he attends or not on the day.”
Maingot said the decision on who hands over the trophy belongs
to FIFA’s World Cup organizing committee.
Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro received the 2006 trophy in Berlin
from Lennart Johansson, who was then president of UEFA.