MASERU — King Letsie III is among the 14 heads of state expected to attend the football World Cup final between Spain and Netherlands at Soccer City Stadium in South Africa tonight.
The final marks the end of the month-long tournament, the first World Cup finals to be staged on African soil.
The iconic Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, is also expected to attend the final and probably hand over the trophy to the winners.
Mandela, who turns 92 this month, failed to attend the World Cup’s opening ceremony following the death of his great grandchild on the eve of the football extravaganza in South Africa.
Tonight’s match between Spain and Netherlands kicks off at 8.30 pm.
King Letsie is expected to watch the match from the VVIP section of Soccer City Stadium alongside Swaziland’s King Mswati II, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe and Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki among other leaders.
On Wednesday, South Africa’s international relations spokesperson Saul Molobi said the leaders expected at the match also included Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba and Comoros President Ahmed Abdullah Mohamed Sambi.
The presidents of Malawi, Burundi, Ghana, Togo, Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea and Djibouti were also expected.
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