US, South African players meet Mandela

BY foxsports • November 18, 2010

A day after playing each other in a match in his honor, the United States and South African squads together met with Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on Thursday to present him with an American shirt and take photographs.

U.S. coach Bob Bradley gave the shirt to the former South African president, who also received a vuvuzela with an American flag attached that had been signed by the visiting squad.

On Wednesday, the Americans beat South Africa 1-0 in Cape Town to win the Nelson Mandela Challenge.

American civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke to South Africa's players after Mandela and the U.S. squad had left.

''In the game of soccer and in life, you win some, you lose some; what you must know is that even when you lose, the ground is no place for a champion, so we have to rise and to fight harder with more determination,'' Jackson said. ''Last night's game was a stepping stone to rising higher and higher, to get better and better.''


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