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

so far.”

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.