On this day July 18, 1919 Nelson Mandela was born in Mvezo, South Africa. Nelson Mandela though a politician, philanthropist and anti-apartheid revolutionary, his love for the game of football cannot be forgotten.
Mandela who was President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 and died at the ripe age of 95, lived to see Africa host the first ever World Cup since the inception of the game in South Africa 2010 Fifa World Cup.
He was also on ground to receive the Black Stars of Ghana after they kept Africa’s hope alive in the 2010 World Cup by reaching the quarter final for the first time but was edged-out by Uruguay.
Mandela had the opportunity to lift the most prestigious trophy in World Football before he eventually died on December 5, 2013.
As a mark of respect for him and his love for Sport, the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium was built and named after him, the 46,000 seater stadium was one of the stadiums used for the 2010 World Cup.