FIFA President saddened by singer's death

Following the sad news of the sudden death of Siphiwo Ntshebe who was due to perform at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ on 11 June, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has today sent a message of condolence to the singer's family, courtesy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa.

“I am very sad indeed to hear this news" said Joseph S. Blatter in his message. "This young man, whose talent had been identified and supported by no less than Nelson Mandela was about to showcase that talent to millions of people around the world. That he should pass away so suddenly, and so close to the opening of the first FIFA World Cup to be hosted on African soil is very cruel, but we are not master of our destiny."

On behalf of himself and the entire football family, the FIFA President has asked the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa to convey his sincerest condolences to the family of Mr Ntshebe and to the South African public at their loss. The FIFA President will also convey his sympathy in person to the Organising Committee on his arrival in Johannesburg tomorrow.