Tribute to Nelson Mandela begins World Cup draw
Nelson Mandela was remembered with a video tribute to open the
World Cup draw ceremony on Friday.
The 90-second memorial montage included images of Mandela
holding the World Cup trophy when FIFA awarded his native South
Africa hosting rights for the 2010 tournament.
The film began with sustained applause from guests and team
delegations, who stood minutes later when FIFA President Sepp
Blatteer called for a moment’s silence.
”Now let’s celebrate humanity, let’s celebrate Mandela and
let’s celebrate football,” Blatter said, bringing the silent
reflection to an end after several seconds.
Mandela, the former South Africa president and Nobel Peace Prize
winner, died on Thursday.
His last major public appearance was at the World Cup final in
Johannesburg in July 2010.
Then aged 91, Mandela came to the Soccer City stadium during the
closing ceremony ahead of the match.
He was driven in an open electric vehicle around the pitch on a
chill evening to receive an ovation from nearly 85,000