Brazil, Spain to gift signed jerseys to Nelson Mandela

Jul 02, 2013, 00:11 IST | AFP

Confederations Cup finalists Brazil and Spain are gifting autographed commemorative shirts to ailing South African former president Nelson Mandela, FIFA president Sepp Blatter revealed ahead of Sunday's match in Rio.

β€œTo Mandela, a gift from Brazilian national team and wish you a good recover (sic)”, read the inscription on the Brazil shirt which Blatter, flanked by Brazilian Football Confederation president Jose Maria Marin and Spanish counterpart Angel Maria Villar Llona, held aloft.

Nobel peace laureate Mandela, who played a major role in the 2010 World Cup coming to South Africa β€” the first time the competition has been held on the African continent β€” is in critical condition in Pretoria where he was hospitalised on June 8 with a recurring lung infection.

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