Johannesburg, Apr 29 (ANI): Nelson Mandela, possibly South Africa's most famous citizen and the country's unofficial brand ambassador to the world, may not attend the World Cup opening ceremony on account of his old age.
Asked if the 91-year-old former South African president would attend, Chief Mandla Mandela replied: "Certainly not. My grandfather at this age is very elderly and we are not trying to intensify his programme. He's said he would prefer to be at home."
His family will take the final call at a date closer to the June 11th opening ceremony.
According to The Telegraph, his absence would be a setback for the organisers. Last week, Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president, said he was hopeful that Mandela would be strong enough to open the finals.
His decision to stay away from the ceremony has raised concerns over his deteriorating health, though his family members have reassured that he is in good shape. (ANI)