Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Congratulations to Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the FIFA Presidential Award!

This statement was issued on 11 January 2011

I offer my heartiest congratulations, and those of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, on being given the FIFA Presidential Award in Zurich last night.

We are so proud of him! Once again he has shown how, in any and every context, he is able to continue to play a reconciling role in his public ministry, in this country, on this continent, and throughout the world.

We now look to the FIFA World Cup Legacy Trust Fund in South Africa to be used wisely and well, in building on the 2010 World Cup’s great achievements, to which Archbishop Tutu contributed. In particular I hope it will develop footballers of the future, who will share the same selfless dedication and commitment as Archbishop Tutu. On the pitch and off, we call on footballers, and other role models from the sporting world, to uphold the same values, and to use sport as a means for promoting peace, justice and reconciliation, and deepening relationships across the whole human family.

Well done, Tata!

+ Thabo Cape Town

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