African football legends like George Weah, Didier Drogba, El-Hadj Diouf and Michael Essien are among stars expected to take part in an exhibition game in Lagos, organized in honour of governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
The game, which has been tagged The Match, will be played between an Africa XI side and Naija Legends and is scheduled for the Onikan Stadium, Lagos on March 16, 2019.
Former Nigeria international Waidi Akanni,who spoke at a press conference on Wednesday, said The Match is meant to honour Governor Ambode for giant strides in sports development in the State.
“As ex-internationals, we have seen the infrastructural developments in Lagos under Ambode. The Onikan Stadium had been abandoned over the years but is under reconstruction to meet FIFA standards. The Teslim Balogun Stadium is undergoing similar reconstruction while the Agege and Epe stadiums are in fantastic shape, as well as the Maracana sports complex in Ajegunle.
“These and other laudable efforts of Ambode in providing sports infrastructure, we believe, are aimed at providing the enabling environment for youths to thrive and achieve their dreams in sports,” Akanni stated.
Akanni added that part of the proceeds from the event would be used in supporting the education of kids of distressed ex-internationals.
“If you go around, you will see several former footballers who served this country in several capacities but are unable to meet up in life. We will support their children’s education by paying their school fees from what we realise from the event.”
Meanwhile, the Naija legends side will include former Eagles like Samson Siasia, Nwankwo Kanu, Austin Okocha, Julius Aghahowa among others.
RipplesNigeria… without borders, without fears
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
If you are motivated and passionate about building a global society, founded on justice, equity, fairness, transparency, accountability and superior knowledge, kindly consider donating to Ripples Nigeria’s solutions journalism.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
INVESTIGATION: Inside UNILAG’s multi-million naira budgetary abuse and academic discord
The University of Lagos located in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, has been embroiled in controversies with allegations bothering on misappropriation of...
SPECIAL REPORT: Displaced residents of Zamfara battle hunger, as underfunding derails Nigeria’s nutrition goals
On paper, Muhammad Zayyanu is seven years old. The quiet boy who looks shorter for his age could not recollect...
INVESTIGATION: N7.3bn paid for unnamed projects; how Nigerian govt spent N2.2trn in six months
Analysing nearly 3,000 payments made by various Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) over the previous six months (January...
INVESTIGATION… Delay rocks Nigerian govt’s promise of N30,000 covid-19 relief for artisans, others
Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in February, 2020, Chukwudi Okoroigwe’s daily earnings as a bus driver was hardly enough to cater to the...
INVESTIGATION… Ten years after, communities count losses as AfDB, Cross River govt abandon road project
Ten years after the Cross River State government and African Development Bank (AFDB) jointly awarded the Yahe-Wanokom-Wanikade-Benue border road for...