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Soccer star line-up announce for Madiba game in Cape Town

by City of Cape Town
13 Jul 2007
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

An impressive line-up of international and local soccer icons was announced today for the special '90 Minutes for Mandela' match on ex-president Nelson Mandela's 89th birthday at Newlands on 18 July.

Speaking at a joint media briefing in Cape Town today, South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee CEO, Dr Danny Jordaan confirmed the list of past and present world-class footballers, including Brazilian football legend Pele, three-time African player of the year Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon), former World Player of the Year George Weah (Liberia) and former European player of the year Ruud Gullit (Holland).

"This game is a celebration of the life of one of the great African icons, one of the greatest personalities of the 20th and 21st centuries. As we move towards preparing for and hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup we celebrate Madiba's birthday in recognition of his personal contribution and sacrifices to help South Africa and the African continent host its first World Cup. Nelson Mandela stands apart from most of the world's political leaders as someone who has a unique grasp of the role and contribution of sport in nation building and the creation of a new society. That many of the world's greatest footballers are coming to Cape Town to pay tribute to Madiba is very special," said Dr Jordaan.

Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool and City of Cape Town's Mayoral Committee Member for Sport and Amenities, Grant Haskin appealed to Cape Town residents and other football fans to pack the stadium. "Madiba deserves no less," said Haskin. SAFA Western Province President Vernon Seymour appealed to residents to fill the stadium, to make the Madiba match a success and thus ensure that Cape Town's gets its share of major matches.

Rasool said: "The '90 minutes for Mandela' match is a celebration of Madiba's life and it is also an opportunity for the people of the Western Cape to show their appreciation for him. This international icon was imprisoned here for 27 years, in the last years of his incarceration he was driven around Cape Town and surrounds, he made his first public speech after his release here at the City Hall and was elected the first President of a democratic South Africa in Parliament here. We want our people to come out in their thousands to support this tribute to Nelson Mandela and show the world that Cape Town will be a great host city for the 2010 World Cup. Let us turn this match into a fitting tribute to Madiba and his shining example for our vision of making the Western Cape a 'Home for All'."

The game, which will serve as a tribute to the legendary South African statesman on the occasion of his 89th birthday, will see an Africa XI meet a Rest of the World XI. A special televised message from Mr Mandela will be broadcast. A significant international media contingent has already applied for accreditation to cover the match and events.

The City and Province challenged private companies to support this fundraising event for Nelson Mandela Foundation charities by buying tickets to host employees, customers and members of the community.

At the media briefing details of the event, supporting programme and celebrity visits were announced. Cllr Haskin announced that the City would contribute R500 000 to the staging of the event. "The City will carry the costs for the security, traffic management, clean-up and other staging costs for this welfare event which is usually a cost for the organisers. Cape Town is keen to retain and expand its position as a premier sporting venue and destination," said Cllr Haskin.

The present and past player line-up include 1998 FIFA World Cup(tm) champion Christian Karembeu (France), three-time African player of the year, Abedi Pele (Ghana), Kalusha Bwalya (Zambia), Daniel Amokachi (Nigeria), South African stars Lucas Radebe, Mark Fish, Doctor Khumalo and Philemon Masinga, Andoni Zubizarreta and Emilio Butragueno (Spain), former Argentina and Real Madrid star Fernando Redondo, Hossam Hassan (Egypt), Rabah Madjer (Algeria), Ivan Zamorano (Chile) and Wynton Rufer (New Zealand).

Western Cape Cultural Affairs and Sport Minister Whitey Jacobs said: "The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport is thrilled to have been afforded an opportunity to show respect to one of the greatest statesmen, Nelson Mandela, by actively participating in the organisation of this sporting event to give the whole world just a glimpse of our collective expertise in staging major events ahead of 2010. This match gives that platform to showcase our organisational ability and we are certain that our local fans will not disappoint us."

Tickets for the game, organised by FIFA together with the South African Football Association (SAFA), the South African Local Organising Committee (SALOC), the Nelson Mandela Foundation and FIFPro (the international federation of professional football players), are available from Computicket and Shoprite Checkers at R30 and R50, with suite tickets costing R120.

The proceeds of the match will benefit legacy initiatives for young people in South Africa by using football to develop educational, health and social programmes, including Nelson Mandela's 46664 global HIV/AIDS campaign.

The match and events will also promote FIFA's 'Say no to Racism' campaign led by Tokyo Sexwale, himself a former Robben Island political prisoner.

A list of the teams follows, as supplied by FIFA.

List of players and coaches who have confirmed their participation


Africa XI
  • MANGA Jean - CMR
  • SONO Jomo - RSA
Rest of the World XI
  • HODGSON Roy - ENG (current Finland coach)
  • LE ROY Claude - FRA (current Ghana coach)


Africa XI
  • BADOU Ezaki - MAR
  • SONGO'O Jacques - CMR
Rest of the World XI


Africa XI
  • EGUAVOEN Owen Augustine - NGA
  • FISH Mark - RSA
  • KESHI Stephen - NGA
  • KHUMALO Doctor - RSA
  • OBUA David - UGA
  • TATAW Stephen - CMR
  • UCHE Okechukwu - NGA
Rest of the World XI
  • BAYA Zoubaier - TUN
  • KAREMBEU Christian - FRA
  • MABBUTT Gary - ENG
  • M'BOMA Patrick - CMR
  • MUNTUBILE Santos - COD
  • RADEBE Lucas - RSA


Africa XI
  • AMOKACHI Daniel - NGA
  • BWALYA Kalusha - ZAM
  • ETO'O Samuel - CMR
  • HASSAN Hossam - EGY
  • LUALUA Lomana - COD
  • MADJER Rabah - ALG
  • MASINGA Phil - RSA
  • OMAN BIYIK Francois - CMR
  • OLIECH Dennis - NGA
  • SIASIA Samson - NGA
  • WEAH George - LBR
Rest of the World XI
  • CHAPUISAT Stephane - SUI
  • FOFANA Youssouf - FRA/CIV
  • GUERRERO Julen - ESP
  • GULLIT Ruud - NED
  • KIM Joo Sung - KOR
  • LEONARDO Nascimento de Araujo - BRA
  • PELE - BRA
  • REDONDO Fernando - ARG
  • RUFER Wynton - NZL


Africa XI
  • White/White/White
Rest of the World XI
  • Black/Black/Black

NO. 259/2007
12 JULY 2007

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