Essien’s charity-match brings Eto’o, Ashley Cole, John Terry, Drogba to Ghana
Ghana’s Midfielder and Chelsea star Michael Essien will be organizing an African peace football match on Monday May 25, 2011 at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium in Accra, Ghana.
The charity game will see some of the best players in Africa taking on the best players from the rest of the world.
“Current top players like Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba, Nwankwo Kanu, Kolo Toure and Yaya Toure, Saloman Kalou and Stephen Appiah have confirmed their attendance” a statement on the player’s website said on April 14, 2011.
According to the statement, Chelsea defender Ashley Cole will captain the World XI side and Michael Essien will captain the Africa XI team which also includes some of our best heroes George Weah, Abedi Pele, Roger Milla, Tony Baffoe, Tony Yeboah, Sammy Kuffuor and Raber Madjer.
The statement added: “Yakubu Ayigbeni, Asamoah Gyan, John Mensah, John Paintsil and Richard Kingson will also take part in the charity game.”
Manchester City player Sean Wright Phillips, John Terry and about 100 football stars in some of the top clubs in England, Spain and Italy have been invited, it said.
“The game is part of Essien’s commitment to promoting and raising the awareness on the importance of peace in Africa through the powerful tool of football and funds raised through this charity game will be used to promote and enhance some peace initiatives across the continent of Africa”, the statement concluded.
Michael Essien is the African Union Peace Ambassador.
By Ekow Quandzie