Maradona thumbs nose at Fifa

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be de­ter­mined who plays who, where and when.

The other soc­cer leg­end sched­uled to ar­rive in Cape Town shortly is for­mer Brazil­ian player Pele.

Like Maradona he is con­sid­ered one of the great­est play­ers in soc­cer his­tory.

The 69-year-old played in three World Cup winning teams and is Fifa foot­ball am­bas­sador for the world.

David Beck­ham will also fly in, though it is pos­si­ble that he will be the only mega-Euro­pean soc­cer star at the draw as it is still soc­cer sea­son in the North­ern hemi­sphere.

How­ever, Beck­ham’s pres­ence is con­sid­ered to be a PR push on the part of Bri­tain which is push­ing to host the World Cup in 2018.

Though Fifa and the lo­cal or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee have promised a star-stud­ded line-up for the event, they are strangely tight-lipped about who is due in town.

Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma is ex­pected to be the sole head of state in at­ten­dance, which is highly un­usual given that this is billed as an African World Cup.

Though some for­mer heads of state are ru­moured to be trav­el­ling to the Mother City, Fifa has re­fused to dis­close who they might be.

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