Brazilian president not to attend World Cup final match

12:21, July 10, 2010      

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Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Friday that he will not attend the final match of the FIFA World Cup, which will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday.

President Lula said he was invited to watch Sunday's match, but needs to return to Brazil because he has many things to do.

"I have been out of the country for 10 days," he said. "I have great problems in Brazil which I have been following only by phone, such as the floods in Alagoas and Pernambuco. I have already told President Zuma that I need to go back."

President Lula also praised the organization of the 2010 World Cup. According to him, the success of the first Cup in an African country helped diminish prejudices against the continent.

South Africa is the last leg of President Lula's latest official trip to Africa, which also included Cape Verde, Kenya, Equatorial Guinea, Tanzania, and Zambia. It is the president's last official visit to the continent, as his term ends in December.

In South Africa, President Lula is expected to have some meetings. Earlier in the day, he met with South African President Jabob Zuma in Pretoria, and on Saturday, he is to meet with FIFA's President Joseph Blatter.

Source: Xinhua


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