The Jabulani ball used in the match between World Cup champions Spain and Holland will no longer be kicked around; it has found a special place in the Centre for Memory at the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Officials say they made changes the gold on the ball, making it look like Egoli (Johannesburg) to express the city of gold.
Former marathon world record holder and two times Olympic 10 000 metres gold medallist Haile Gebrselasssie of Ethiopia handed over Jabulani to the Foundation.
Madiba could not receive the ball in person.
Gebrselassie was declared an international ambassador for Mandela’s humanitarian and charitable project and was given a silver 46664 bracelet.