By Own Correspondent with support from Ghanasoccernet – Ashley Cole, John Terry, Eto’o, Drogba storm Ghana for Essien peace match .Ghana’s Michael Essien is organising a star-studded charity match Ghana’s Michael Essien, an Africa Union Peace Ambassador, is organising a match between an Africa XI and World XI.
The charity game, to help promote peace in Africa, is set to be played in the Ghanaian capital Accra on 25 May.
It can be recalled that on the 16th July, 2010, in Addis Ababa in a press release made it know during the official opening of the meeting, AU Commission Chairperson Jean Ping said: “In order for the Year of Peace and Security to be successful, it is important that Africans take ownership and direct, as well as participate in the implementation of its programme. It is therefore an honour and privilege for us to have personalities of your continental and global stature being part of this historical initiative. The successes and courage you have demonstrated in your own fields of endeavour will serve as inspiration to all of us, as we collectively tackle the challenge our continent faces today: The Quest for Permanent Peace and
The Ghanaian international will captain an African side that will include George Weah, Abedi Pele and Roger Milla. Essien’s Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole will captain the World XI, with England stars Sean Wright-Phillips and John Terry set to play.
Other former African stars that are set to feature include Ghana greats Tony Baffoe, Tony Yeboah, Sammy Kuffuor as well as Morocco’s Raber Madjer.Many current players like Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba, Nwankwo Kanu, Kolo and Yaya Toure, Salomon Kalou and Stephen Appiah have also confirmed they will be playing.
The game is part of Essien’s commitment to promoting and raising the awareness of peace in Africa using football.
The funds raised from the game will be used to enhance peace initiatives across Africa.