'Madiba Moment' to recognise and celebrate the legacy of Nelson Mandela at all matches of the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013
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FIFA, the African Football Confederation (CAF) and the Royal Moroccan Football Association (FRMF) and the global football community would like to pay tribute to one of the world’s most respected, revered and beloved figures, Nelson Mandela, who passed away on 5 December 2013.

The extraordinary person, symbol of hope, peace, forgiveness and reconciliation, was a tireless campaigner to bring the joy of hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ to his home country of South Africa, its first ever appearance on the continent. This year sees another debut of a FIFA competition in Africa as the FIFA Club World Cup kicks off in Morocco tomorrow, 11 December.

As a tribute to the legacy of Nelson Mandela, the Organising Committee for the FIFA Club World Cup has decided to hold a 'Madiba Moment' prior to the kick-off of every match of this year’s edition of the tournament, creating an opportunity for fans of the beautiful game to stand together in unity to applaud and re-transmit Mandela’s message of hope and love across the world.