Lula talks football with Zuma

2012-11-17 08:34

Sao Paulo - Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, in South Africa on Friday, met President Jacob Zuma and talked about his country's preparations to host the 2014 World Cup, the ex-leader's institute has said.

The popular Lula, who focused much of his nation's foreign policy on Africa during his 2003-2010 presidency, is on a foreign tour that will also take him to Mozambique, Ethiopia and India.

"During a friendly conversation, Lula mentioned that many experiences were gathered during the last World Cup in South Africa (2010) that could be valuable for Brazil," the Lula Institute said in a statement.

Lula, 67, also reiterated an invitation to Zuma for a meeting organized by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to be held in Ethiopia March 4-5 that will focus on ways to end hunger.

The meeting is expected to draw heads of state from Africa and representatives of non-governmental groups, among others.

The Lula Institute, which the ex-president founded after leaving office, is aimed at improving ties between Brazil, Africa and other Latin American nations.

As Brazil's first leftist president, Lula implemented social programs that are credited with helping lift some 29 million Brazilians out of poverty.


  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-17 08:48

    Lets see, what exactly can zuma advise this guy about except fraud ? Im still wondering .....

      goyougoodthing - 2012-11-17 09:07

      Perhaps he needs a homestead in Brazil?

      thandiwe.ngema.71 - 2012-11-17 15:00

      Let's hope Zuma listens to Lula - Brazil's economy has had constraints removed and the poor, middle class and rich are now benefiting. South Africa have a lot to learn.

  • andrew.ramatlapeng - 2012-11-17 08:50

    I think the president was honest enough to tell Lula that he doesn't know how it all happened, like he doesn't have answers for everything happening in his country. And he doesn't have answers for things that are happening in his own house too.

  • Africa21stcentury - 2012-11-17 08:57

    . Lets hope Zuma ,explained very carefully the implications for this three week party. There is only going to be ONE winner, who will walk away with ALL the money'; and that is FIFA !! Your country will be scattered with totally useless billion dollar stadiums, where after this event, there won't even be money to cut the grass!!! For many years after this party, there will be protests, as you will 'force' the Brazillian people to pay for all these extragavnt 'improvements' , like highways and upgraded airports, which you cannot afford. Be smart Mr Lula, and even at this late stage, tell FIFA to go to hell !!!!

  • michael.bushes.9 - 2012-11-17 09:03

    Well what else would he speak about to Zuma about? If its not about getting married to more than one woman, then its about football. Does he expect to chat about anything else? Of course not

  • tlou.andries.58 - 2012-11-17 09:40

    He cn advisd him about fraud nthng else.Go to Nkandla nd sleep in ur compound,nd sing ur ugly song wth ur wives.

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