Mandela appears at Soccer City before final

Nelson Mandela waved to the crowd at Soccer City as South Africa bid farewell to the 2010 World Cup in emotional and joyous ceremony.

Last Updated: Jul 11, 2010, 23:14 PM IST

Johannesburg: Nelson Mandela waved to the crowd at Soccer City as South Africa bid farewell to the 2010 World Cup in emotional and joyous ceremony.

The anti-apartheid icon had kept a low profile during the monthlong tournament, having decided against attending the opening game following the death of his great-grand daughter in a traffic accident after World Cup concert.
Driven in a small golf cart and seated alongside wife, Grace Machel, a smiling, 91-year-old Mandela was welcomed by a thunderous mix of vuvuzelas and roars from the crowd. He shook hands with officials before leaving the field a few minutes later.
Earlier, Shakira performed "Waka Waka" ("This Time for Africa",) the competition`s official song.

Bureau Report