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Spain gifts football kit to ailing Nelson Mandela

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Spain gifts football kit to ailing Nelson Mandela
Books on former South African President Nelson Mandela displayed in Johannesburg. Mandela has been in hospital for three weeks. Photo: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP
09:41 CEST+02:00
Confederations Cup finalists Spain and Brazil are gifting autographed commemorative shirts to ailing South African former president Nelson Mandela, FIFA president Sepp Blatter revealed recently.

"To 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 - the first time the competition has been held on the African continent — is in critical condition in Pretoria where he was hospitalized on June 8th with a recurring lung infection.

Read how Brazil thrashed Spain in the Confederations Cup final.

Earlier, Blatter, who presented the shirts to Tokyo Sexwale, representing the Nelson Mandela Foundation, issued a short tribute to the ailing former leader.

"The strength of the world's most popular game which you love so much, football, reaches out to you.

"With this gesture, the football world wants to tell you how much we are thinking about you."

Sexwale will present the shirts to Mandela on his return from Brazil.

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