Posted On Monday, 29th April 2013
John Obi Mikel, Petr Cech and Paulo Ferreira have all confirmed their participation in Michael Essien’s charity game in June.
The Ghana midfielder will be hosting several world class footballers to his second charity game on June 8 dubbed: “The Game of Hope and Inspiration”.
The game which will take place at the Accra Sports Stadium is to raise funds for five charities yet to be determined.
Amongst a host of world superstars including Real Madrid ace; Cristiano Ronaldo will line up against the finest players from the Africa continent in a World XI vrs Africa XI match.
Chelsea trio; Mikel, Cech and Ferreira, friends of Essien have also confirmed their participation in the grand event to hit the Ghanaian capital.
“I support the game of hope for two reasons; first is the reason of the game itself and second is Michael as a person, he is very generous guy, always positive with a smile on his face and he can spread this amongst the other people.
“Games like these can always give hope to everyone and show that there is still unity amongst the people towards the difficulties in our world,” Petr Cech said in a promotional video for the charity game.
“It is really important for us players to give something back and I think what he is doing is amazing and it is fantastic,” Ferreira added.
“To give back to society, to the country, to where you come from ….. and I think Michael has been doing this for the past years and if there is any way I can support I will do my best,” Mikel also said in the video.
The charity match is the second organized by the Ghana international since being appointed as an ambassador for peace by the African Union.
Essien organized a similar event which pulled an impressive crowd at the Accra Sports Stadium in 2011.
This year’s event will feature a musical concert which has multi American award winner Wyclef Jean performing alongside other international musical icons.