31st December, 2014
Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State and his friends in All Stars International Football Club will be on the field of play on Saturday as the Football For Hope makes its historic debut at Campos Mini Stadium, Lagos Island.
The event, which is put together by the Office of the Special Assistant to the Governor of Lagos State on Football Matters headed by Mr. Anthony Adeyinka Adeboye, is to bring together Nigerian footballers who are currently playing and the former players back to their community in a friendly and social environment.
Adeboye said at a press briefing to unveil programme for Saturday’s event at Onikan Stadium early today that the Hope for Football, which is planned to be an annual event, is aimed at bringing these footballers to the community where they grew up for them to interact with the less privileged.
According to him dignitaries that include the All Progressives Congress, APC, gubernatorial candidate in Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode, members of the Lagos State Executive Council, the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, Lagos White Caps Chiefs, bigwigs of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF and a host of others.
P.M.NEWS Sport gathered that sports loving Governor Fashola will captain the BRF Team who will take on Super Eagles All Stars in the second match of the day, while the first match which starts by 3p.m will involve Team SWAN versus The Managers.
Among players scheduled to play are Obafemi Martins, Taye Taiwo, Babatunde Michael, Austin Okocha, Fatai Amoo, Friday Ekpo, Taribo West, Teslim Fatusi, Gbenga Okunowo, Asisat Oshoala and others.
“It is going to be a fun filled day as we host the maiden Hope for Football in Lagos. We invite football loving Lagosians to come out and see their superstars with their Governor in action,” said Adeboye