90 Minutes for Mandela

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90 Minutes for Mandela was a charity football match held on 18 July 2007 in Cape Town, South Africa, to mark the 89th birthday of Nelson Mandela.[1] Football stars past and present, such as Samuel Eto'o and Pelé, took part in the game. The match ended in a 3–3 draw between an African XI and a Rest of the World XI. Africa played in an all-white strip, while the Rest of the World team played in an all-black strip. A few hours before the game, Sepp Blatter granted honorary membership of FIFA to the Makana Football Association, a football league set up by prisoners on Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned.[2][3]

Mandela did not attend the match, he did though send a message via video. Proceeds of the match will go to programmes supported by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Before the game an official match shirt was presented to Mandela with the number 89 on the reverse.[4][5]

Match result[edit]

The match, played in front of a crowd of 35,412 ended in a 3–3 draw between an African XI and a Rest of the World XI. Iván Zamorano, Ruud Gullit and Julen Guerrero scored for the Rest of the World with Abedi Pele and Hossam Hassan (2) scoring for the Africans.[6]

Squads[edit]

Over 50 players were selected to appear in the match, to represent the two teams.[7]

Africa XI[edit]

The Africa XI was coached by Jean Manga-Onguene of Cameroon and Jomo Sono of South Africa.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 GK Jacques Songo'o
2 DF Austin Eguavoen
3 DF Stephen Tataw
4 DF Stephen Keshi
6 FW Phil Masinga
7 FW François Omam-Biyik
8 FW Rabah Madjer
9 FW Samuel Eto'o
10 FW Abedi Pele
11 FW Kalusha Bwalya
12 GK Andre Arendse
14 FW Daniel Amokachi
No. Position Player
15 DF Doctor Khumalo
16 FW Samson Siasia
17 MF Zoubeir Baya
20 FW George Weah
21 FW Lomana LuaLua
22 FW Hossam Hassan
GK Badou Zaki
DF David Obua
DF Uche Okechukwu
DF Santos Muntubile
FW Pedro Mantorras
FW Dennis Oliech

Rest of the World XI[edit]

The Rest of the World XI was coached by Roy Hodgson of England and Claude Le Roy of France.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 GK Andoni Zubizarreta
4 DF Gary Mabbutt
5 DF Mark Fish
6 MF Christian Karembeu
7 FW Wynton Rufer
8 MF Julen Guerrero
9 FW Emilio Butragueño
10 FW Pelé
11 FW Ali Daei
No. Position Player
13 FW Iván Zamorano
14 FW Patrick M'Boma
15 FW Youssouf Falikou Fofana
16 FW Kim Joo-Sung
18 MF Leonardo Araújo
19 DF Lucas Radebe
20 MF Ruud Gullit
22 FW Stéphane Chapuisat
MF Fernando Redondo

Nelson Mandela Farewell Game[edit]

FIFA organised a similar all-star match on 17 August 1999 to honour Mandela when he stepped down as South African president, which was held at Ellis Park in Johannesburg in front of a crowd of 40,000 between a Mandela XI which featured, among others, Lucas Radebe, Mark Fish, Celestine Babayaro, Samuel Kuffour, Kalusha Bwalya, Hossam Hassan, Benni McCarthy, Nwankwo Kanu, Titi Camara and Shabani Nonda and a Fifa World XI which included, among others, Jorge Campos, Taribo West, Rigobert Song, Branco, Dunga, Thomas Häßler, Mustapha Hadji, Luis Hernández, Viorel Moldovan, Murat Yakin, Lubomir Moravcik, Abedi Pele and Jean-Pierre Papin. That particular match ended 2–2.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pelé agrees to play Mandela match". BBC News. 2 July 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2007. 
  2. ^ "Football match marks Mandela 89th". BBC News. 18 July 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2007. 
  3. ^ "Fifa honours inmate footballers". BBC News. 5 July 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2007. 
  4. ^ "Legends meet Mandela". BBC News. 17 July 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2007. 
  5. ^ "Support '90 Minutes of Mandela". Cape Times. 13 July 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2007. 
  6. ^ "Stars turn on style for Mandela". FIFA. 18 July 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2007. 
  7. ^ "Stars named for Mandela match". BBC News. 12 July 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2007. 
  8. ^ "Match for Mandela: Stars named". FIFA. 2 July 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2007. 
  9. ^ "90 minutes for Mandela". South Africa Info. 6 July 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2007. 

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