Zurich - Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he is still hopeful that Nelson Mandela will be healthy enough to open the World Cup in South Africa.
The former South African president, now 91, made his last public appearance to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his release from prison on February 11. The World Cup opens on June 11 in Johannesburg.
Blatter says "we cross fingers that Nelson Mandela ... can realise this dream. And his dream would be to be at the opening of the World Cup. For the time being, he is doing well and we hope that he can do it." - Sapa-AP
I personally hope that Nelson Mandela makes it as that would really be the icing on the cake for South Africa and a dream come true for the fine old Gentleman & Statesman