Some football legends will come together to Nigeria sometime in May for an anti-terrorism football match in the western African country’s capital city.
Football legends like Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, Zinedine Zidane, Ruud Gullit, Ronaldinho, George Weah, Samuel Kuffour, Samuel Eto’o, Abedi Pele, Nwankwo Kanu, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Didier Drogba will be at the event.
Some female footballers such as Sydney Leroux, Asisat Oshoala, Birgit Prinz, Sun Wen, Abby Wambach, Homare Sawa, Kelly Smith, Marta, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo will also be in Abuja to play what has been termed an international exhibition match against human trafficking, insurgency and terrorism.
Others like Toni Duggan, Anouk Hoogendijk, Nayeli Rangel, Lauren Sesselmann, Julia Simic and Corine Petit will also be in attendance.
The anti-terrorism match which has the backing of the world football body, FIFA and the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) will hold on May 21. The theme of the game is “Africa My Africa”.
The organisers of the game are Next2None, a self-described support initiative non-profit making organisation, established with the aim of developing strategies to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in the society, i.e, Victims of terror attacks and Human trafficking, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) and less privileged in the society.
The first match will be between Africa Stars Vs World Stars.
The Chairman of Next2None, Ndukwe Sam Obu is using this initiative to combat terrorism because according to him, he realised that there had been an increasing radicalization of youths into violent extremism, and this development is a cause for great concern in Africa where more than three-fifth of the population are youths.
He added that Next2None, as well as its partners, decided to leverage the reconciliatory aspects of football to push forward their agenda.