World Football Legends To Play Friendly Match In Tanzania
Football legends from across the world as well as members of the CAF family including Executive Committee members are preparing for a much-anticipated friendly match in the city of Arusha in Tanzania on Wednesday, at the Saint Constantine’s International School after the 44th CAF Ordinary General Assembly.
The game which will be a celebration of the crème de la crème of football superstars that continue to inspire generations, is expected to enhance a conversation around the beautiful game with Africa’s highest mountain – Kilimanjaro looking on as a backdrop.
Africa Cup of Nations 1990 winning lethal striker Rabah Madjer with Algeria, 2002 World Cup winner Gilberto Silva of Brazil and Siaka Tiene will be hoping to bring their flair from past years to remind everyone that class is permanent.
Donato who played for Spain at the 1996 EUROs and Salgado will bring back memories of their playing days. Former France international and World Cup 1998 winners David Trezeguet and Youri Djorkaeff complete the star-studded lineup that is set to bring excitement to football crazy Tanzanians.
“A game of this magnitude is important for this generation to inspire the youth and especially in football to share with us their achievements,” Wilfred Kidao, the Tanzania Football Federation secretary general said.
“And eventually this will help the development of football in Tanzania.”
Joining them too will be CAF President Dr Patrice Mostepe and FIFA president Gianni Infantino, celebrated former international referee Pierluigi Collina.
Collina was named FIFA Referee of the Year six consecutive times. Former Portuguese international Nuno Gomes will also be in attendance.
FIFA staff including Deputy Secretary General Mattias Grafström, Senior President’s Office Manager Federico Raviglione and Chief Business Officer Romy Gai will also join the football bonanza.
This historic game will be preceded by a tree planting ceremony at 15:30 local time (12:30 GMT).