Mandela's presence at World Cup finals uncertain

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Johannesburg, Jun 27 (ANI): Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela's presence at the final of the World Cup on July 11 is uncertain.

The 91-year-old South African leader had been expected to attend part of the opening game on June 11 in Johannesburg, but withdrew after his great granddaughter was killed in a car crash that morning.

Many are now hoping South Africa's first black president will make it to the final but the head of the organizing committee said the frail statesman's attendance was still undecided, Sports24 reports.

"It's a decision he will make when he makes it. The only thing we have to do is wait," Jordaan told a press conference.

Mandela, who turns 92 a week after the final, has curtailed his public appearances in recent years, spending most of his time at home with family.

Mandela had campaigned vigorously for South Africa to be granted the right to host the World Cup. (ANI)

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