His people needed a leader. He gave them a champion.
Jolly good show, old chap ...
The story of how Mandela persuaded Francois Pienaar to win the Rugby World cup in 1995. Shortly after the first open elections in 1994, South Africa was still deeply divided. Mandela saw the World Cup, being hosted in South Africa, as an ideal opportunity to bring the different races closer together. The reponisbility for making it happen fell on Springbok captain Francois Pienaar. Mandela's appearance on the pitch in the Number 6 captain's jersey became a defining moment in his presidency.
131 minutes, Parental Guidance (Language) Biographical, Drama, Sports, On the art circuit