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Mandela wins man-of-the-match honour

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Mandela wins man-of-the-match honour

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Football legend Pele was among the stars attending a match in South Africa marking the 89th birthday of Nelson Mandela. The former South African President played a key role in securing the 2010 World Cup for his country: “This match is more than just a game — it symbolises the power of football to bring people together from all over the world, regardless of the language they speak or the colour of their skin,” Mandela said.

The former prisoner of the apartheid regime has spent much of his life promoting democrcy and human rights.

It is the second time FIFA has honoured him with a tribute match.