No word on Madiba for final

2010-07-04 12:08
Nelson Mandela. (AP)

Nelson Mandela. (AP)

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Johannesburg - World Cup organizers say they have no news on whether Nelson Mandela will attend next weekend's final at Soccer City.

Mandela was prominent at the 1995 Rugby World Cup but the 91-year-old former president has kept a low profile during the month long football equivalent.

Mandela was expected to attend the opening match on June 11 but made a late decision not to go following the death of his great granddaughter in a car accident on the eve of the game.

Organizing committee spokesman Rich Mkhondo said on Sunday that Mandela has "an open invitation to attend any matches he wants to attend ... If he comes, we will be very happy. If he does not, we will understand."

The final is scheduled for July 11.

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