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Weah, Drogba to be part of a Lagos exhibition game in honour of Ambode



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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.

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“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.


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