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

spectators.