South African football postpones games

After allowing a cup final to go ahead over the weekend as a

tribute, South Africa’s football league says it is now postponing

all games until after Nelson Mandela’s funeral, in some cases to

allow stadiums to be used for memorial services.

Former South African President Mandela died Thursday and will be

buried near his rural Eastern Cape home on Sunday. A huge memorial

service will also be held for the anti-apartheid leader at FNB

Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday, the stadium that hosted the

2010 World Cup final.

The Premier Soccer League, which controls South Africa’s top

three tiers, says games will resume from next Monday.