Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama (possibly), Pele, Eusebio…to feature in World Cup in South Africa
In two months, South Africa will stage the first World Cup on the African continent. It has been an 80-year wait, but Africa’s time finally has arrived.
On June 11, at the vast and calabash-shaped Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, the monthlong tournament will kick off after opening ceremonies that will feature Nelson Mandela, probably President Barack Obama, Pele and, almost certainly, Eusebio.
The “Black Panther” visited the city ahead of the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2009 and said in an interview with the Sowetan newspaper: “I was born in Africa, and I am proud that a country in the region where I came from will be hosting the World Cup next year.”
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