Bill Clinton's presence at the United States match against Ghana in Rustenburg could not help the US team reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup late Saturday, dpa reported.
Clinton sat alongside Rolling Stones frontman
Mick Jagger to see Ghana emerge victorious with a 2-1 triumph in extra-time in the Round of 16 match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
Clinton has become a big supporter of the US soccer team at the World Cup. He changed his itinerary to be in Rustenburg after attending the side's last-minute 1-0 win over Algeria in their last group game in Pretoria.
Wearing a US Soccer jacket, he sat and chatted with Jagger in a VIP box at the stadium.
The Stones singer had perhaps booked a visit to Rustenburg, where the England squad has been based, in the belief the Three Lions would top their group and be playing their last-16 game at the stadium.
But that honour went to the Americans following the victory over Algeria, while England play Germany on Sunday in Bloemfontein.
Whether Jagger, who has turned up to support England at past World Cups, also plans to be in Bloemfontein remains to be seen.
Also in the VIP section Saturday night in Rustenburg was Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant.
Clinton, who is the honorary chairman of the US bid to host the World Cup in either 2018 or 2022, is due on Sunday in Cape Town to meet members of FIFA's executive committee.