Football in South Africa


Nelson Mandela (centre) is flanked by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter (L) and SAFA General Secretary Danny Jordaan

On 15 May 2004 in Zurich, Switzerland, Joseph (Sepp) Blatter, president of FIFA, world soccer's governing body, made an historic announcement: South Africa would host the 2010 World Cup. Nelson Mandela wept tears of joy: “I feel like a young man of 15,” he told the audience in Zurich.

Last updated : 05-Aug-2016

This article was produced for South African History Online on 22-Mar-2011