Footballers honour Mandela

2009-07-03 16:04
Johannesburg - Professional soccer players from around the world gave former president Nelson Mandela an award for peace in Johannesburg on Friday.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation said the award recognised Mandela's contribution towards non-racism and peace and his commitment to football.

FIFPro, world body for professional football players, honoured Mandela at a small ceremony in Houghton, the foundation said in a statement.

Foundation trustee and former Robben Island inmate Tokyo Sexwale received the award on behalf of Madiba.

FIFPro executive member for Africa Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe, said the award symbolised footballers' respect for Mandela.

"We as world football players feel honoured to have lived in the same era as Nelson Mandela," he said at the event.

"Through football, we will do what we can to spread peace. We will fill the stadia and spread the message to bring peace. We will use our status as you have done to advance the goodness of the human race."

Accepting the award, Sexwale joked about life on Robben Island.

Even though the prisoners had broken the laws of the apartheid government, they always adhered to Fifa’s football rules, Sexwale said.

He said during the apartheid years, political activists pleaded with Fifa to impose a ban on South Africa.

After his release Mandela personally phoned Fifa to have the ban lifted.

"Nelson Mandela stood for us, for all of us. It is now time for us to stand and continue his legacy," Sexwale said.

Chris Fortuin, FIFPro division Africa executive member said: "This is the first and only award of this nature that FIFPro will confer on anyone."

- SAPA
Read more on:    nelson mandela foundation  |  fifa  |  nelson mandela  |  tokyo sexwale  |  award  |  madiba
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

The most epic YouTube mashup of 2014

Try to see how many of these things gone viral you recognise in this epic mashup YouTube video!

 
 

I love summer.24

Summer Survey!
Stay in shape this summer
Ultimate fails compilation 2014
This sleeping bulldog is you during the holidays

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off the bestselling books

Save big on the most captivating reads of 2014. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Today is one of those days where you could react and say something and then have to pick up the pieces. Take your time before...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.