Messi, Ronaldo, Maradona, Zidane, Others To Storm Abuja

By Ikenga Chronicles February 15, 2017

Nigeria is set to host world football stars in an international exhibition match against human trafficking, insurgency and terrorism.

Chairman of Next2none, Ndukwe Sam Obu who made the announcement said a global initiative uniting all nations was required to combat terrorist activities which have been on the spike over the last decade.

He explained that the radicalisation of the youths into violent extremism was a great concern in Africa, given that approximately 70 per cent of African population are youths.

Amongst those expected to storm Abuja on May 21, 2017 are ‎two Argentina football legends, Diego Amando Maradona and Lionel Messi

The novelty match between African Stars Vs World Stars will also feature household names including 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.

Others include; David Beckham, Didier Drogba and a cluster of female footballers such as Sydney Leroux, Asisat Oshoala, Birgit Prinz, Sun Wen, Abby Wambach, Homare Sawa, Kelly Smith, Marta, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Toni Duggan, Anouk Hoogendijk, Nayeli Rangel, Lauren Sesselmann, Julia Simic and Corine Petit.

The FIFA and Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) sanctioned initiative tagged: “Africa My Africa” is organised by Next2none, a non-profit making organisation and is aimed at using football to promote global security and fight human trafficking.

The organisers and other stakeholders including the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and National Agency for Prohibition and Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) sought to arrange the match by leveraging on football which has shown positive impact in bringing peace to different nations and as a tool for reconciliation.

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