Lagos - The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has commiserated
with South African Football Association (SAFA) over the death of former
South African president Nelson Mandela.
Mandela, who died on the eve of the final draw of the 2014
FIFA World Cup in Salvador, Brazil last week, has been honoured by world leaders
from far and near and has beendescribed as one of the world’s truly valued figures.
In his letter of condolence to SAFA President, Danny Jordaan,
NFF head, Aminu Maigari, pointed out that Mandela inspired billions of people
all over the world with his story and would forever be remembered.
“The Nigeria Football Federation and the entire Nigeria
football family grieve with you and the football family of the Republic of South
Africa on the demise of a truly remarkable figure, who left gigantic footprints
in politics and sport," a statement
“From being a militant freedom fighter to a prisoner and
then to the first elected president of South Africa, Mandela
inspired billions of people with his story, which was underscored by his
humility, selflessness, perseverance, a kind heart, honesty and dignified
“Mandela has inspired us all and the challenge is for us
to honour him by adopting his tenets to build a better community, country and universe
at large,” wrote Maigari.