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Mandela likely to make appearance at the final

There is a strong possibility that national icon Nelson Mandela will make an appearance at Sunday's World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands at Soccer City, a source working for the tournament's Local Organizing Committee(LOC) said.

india Updated: Jul 11, 2010 18:58 IST

There is a strong possibility that national icon Nelson Mandela will make an appearance at Sunday's World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands at Soccer City, a source working for the tournament's Local Organizing Committee(LOC) said.

"It's looking very good now," the LOC employee DPA.

FIFA and the LOC have issued an open invitation to the 91-year- old former President, who had been expected to attend part of the opening game on June 11 in Soccer City but withdrew after his great grand-daughter was killed in a car crash that morning.

Football's ruling body stated earlier Sunday that any decision on Mandela's presence at the game would be decided by his family shortly before kick-off.

Mandela, who turns 92 a week after the final, has curtailed his public appearances in recent years, spending most of his time at home with family.