Johannesburg, South Africa - Mali, which placed third at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, has sent a signed jersey of its captain, Seydou Keita, to former South African President Nelson Mandela.
According to CAF's official website on Sunday, the number 12 jersey sent to the man popularly known as Madiba has the signatures of all the players of The Eagles of Mali.
The jersey was sent as a tribute to the global icon, ahead of Mali's 3-1 victory over Ghana in the third-place match on Saturday.
“We are so glad to be here in South Africa – the country of Nelson Mandela, a man who inspired a generation of people throughout the world. He is an amazing man. The Mali team wanted to meet Madiba during our visit here in South Africa but we understand that we cannot see him because he is not well. We pray for Madiba to have a speedy recovery,' Mali's coach Patrice Carteron said.