FIFA's highest decision-making body will invade Robben Island today on a two-pronged mission - to hold an executive committee meeting and honour the Makana Football Association (MFA).
In the morning, Fifa president Sepp Blatter and his executive will discuss issues aimed at improving the beautiful game. The issues include reviewing the World Cup format, extra referees and Ireland's request to be included as a 33rd participant.
The MFA was formed by former Robben Islanders including Jacob Zuma, Tokyo Sexwale, Dikgang Moseneke, Mark Shinners and Anthony Suze. Prisoners on the island fought tooth and nail for many years for the right to play soccer. Their balls were made from pieces of paper, cardboard and rags tied together with string. The apartheid governmentgranted the prisoners permission to play the beautiful game in 1965.
The prisoners built their own goalposts and removed their drab prison garb to play in the colours of their teams on Saturdays.
The association, which was formed in 1969 by freedom fighters from various liberation movements, became the first honorary Fifa member association in 2007.
The MFA, which has been praised by Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke for using soccer to fight against oppression on Robben Island, adhered strictly to the Fifa statutes.
Sexwale, Shinners and Sedick Isaacs are some of the former MFA members who will take Blatter and his executive on a guided tour of Robben Island today.