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NFF condoles SAFA on Mandela

12 December 2013, 14:17Israel Ojoko

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 reads.

“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 bearing."

“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.

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