The South Africa former President Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel bravely faced the cold weather to greet the thousands soccer fans who packed in the stadium to see the historical final showdown in the World Cup games, as Spain prepare to face the Netherlands. The final showdown between the two tough contenders in World Cup 2010 may have been what the fans really wanted to see, but seeing this leader was an extra treat.
Mandela 91-years old, was driven around the stadium on a golf buggy to a rapturous reception from the capacity crowd, but immediately returned home to watch the match in more comfortable surroundings.
Nelson Mandela was originally scheduled to be involved in the opening ceremonies of the World Cup 2010, but due to the tragic accident with his great granddaughter excused himself. But, however, he didn’t accept the offer of the Fifa commissioners to be the presenter of the trophy to the winning captain after the match – a role which he played during the 1995 Rugby World Cup final.
The South Africa former president is the primary responsible in changing the entire country; he played a big role in bringing the games to the country and today helped show the world how grateful the people of the country are that the games were played in their country.