Item 1484 - Mandela's letter to Captain of SA under 20'S Soccer Team, 3 April 1997

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ZA COM MR-S-1484


Mandela's letter to Captain of SA under 20'S Soccer Team, 3 April 1997


  • 1997-04-03 (Creation)

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Transcription of speech made by Mr Mandela

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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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Migrated from the Nelson Mandela Speeches Database (Sep-2018).

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The Captain
Matthew Booth
South African Under - 20 Soccer Team

Dear Matthew,

I have noted with great pride and satisfaction the success your team has achieved in the African Youth Soccer Championships in Morocco.

I am even more delighted because your success is an indication of the firm foundation that is being laid in moulding South Africa into one of the most powerful footballing nations in the world.

While your achievements have not captured the headlines in the media, the pride we have in your resides deep in the hearts of all South Africans.

I am confident you will do well in the final and wish you all the luck. Be assured of unstinting support and indeed the support of the nation as a whole. My regards to your coach Shakes Mashaba and all the members of your squad and management.

Nelson Mandela

Issued by: Office of the President

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Acquisition method: From website ; Source: Accessioned on 08/07/10 by Razia Saleh




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