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Like Many Of Us Worldwide, CONCACAF Mourns The Passing Of Nelson Mandela

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New York, NY – Upon hearing the passing of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first Black President, former Nobel Peace Prize Winner and a Revolutionary who served 27 years in prison, the world expressed their sadness throughout the social media.

An inspiration for many of us worldwide, Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95-year-old. A humanitarian till the very end, he’ll be missed. As a soccer fan, I’m happy that he lived to see the World Cup take place in South Africa in 2010. The image of Nelson Mandela holding the FIFA World Cup Trophy will always be one of my favorite image of him.

While it’s sad that he passed away, he left his wisdom behind and it’s up to us if we’re going to implement his knowledge in doing our part to make our communities a better place. One my favorite Nelson Mandela quotes is, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

CONCACAF President, Jeffrey Webb released the following statement:

“At CONCACAF, we are deeply moved by the passing of Nelson Mandela today.

As a token of respect and admiration to the inspiration he has infused during my personal journey, I would like to pay tribute to Madiba’s legacy. A man whose existence has inspired such universal admiration on his lifelong quest for undeniable heightened human values.

The world should hope to see more heroes like him, able to touch countless hearts with his fervent passion for an altruistic cause, while spreading words of wisdom with selfless humility for the sole good of humankind. Let us never forget what a natural leader of such great stature looks like.

With gratitude for his unequivocal legacy, we extend our condolences to Mr. Mandela’s family, friends and the world at large on this sad day. Our prayers are with you.”

Jeffrey Webb
President of CONCACAF
Chairman of FIFA Anti-Racism and Discrimination Task Force

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