World football stars like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham and others are billed to storm Abuja in May for a novelty football match against African stars, for the fight against terrorism and human trafficking.
A Non-Governmental Organisation, NEXT2NONE Support Initiative, said it will on May 21 this year drag world stars to Abuja to confront Africa stars like Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Samuel Etoo, George Weah and others for a novelty football match to create awareness on the menace of terrorism and human trafficking.
The BoT chairman of the Support Initiative project, Barrister Ndukwe Sam, said in a media briefing at the weekend, that they have secured the approval of the World Soccer ruling body, FIFA, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, NAPTIP, the world stars and other stakeholders for the soccer encounter this year.
While revealing the project tagged “Africa My Africa”, Nigerian-born soccer star and project coordinator, John Fashanu, described the initiative as a campaign against human trafficking, insurgence and terrorism through football which speaks the language of love, peace, hope and unity, stressing that the international stars will battle Africa stars in the highly entertaining encounter.
According to Ndukwe; “Football, as a global accepted sports which provides a forum to learn skills such as discipline, confidence and leadership teaches core principles such as tolerance, cooperation and respect. It also teaches the value of effort and how to manage victory, as well as defeat.
“With the support and backing of the FIFA president, Ministry of Youth and Sports and the NFF, this exciting event will be held on Sunday May 21, 2017 at the mainbowl of the Abuja National stadium and it is expected to feature ex and active international soccer stars.
“Stars like Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Ruud Gulit, Ronaldinho, George Weah, Samuel Etoo, John Kuffur, Abedi Pele Ayew, Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Didier Drogba, Jay-Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, among many others.