Sports News of Thursday, 21 January 2016
The former Black Star is happy with idea of using football to promote national unity in Ghana
The founder and secretary general of the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana, Anthony Baffoe, is elated by the 2016 Unity Match scheduled for June.
Initiated by former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah and Primeval Media, two separate matches are set to come off on June 7 and 11 as part of efforts to foster national unity, peace and cohesion ahead of Ghana’s presidential elections in November.
Former Netherlands international of Ghanaian descent George Boateng and ex-Arsenal defender Sol Campbell were in Ghana to launch the event last Sunday.
“It’s a very good initiative,” Baffoe told Sports Crusader. “This is an initiative to pass the message of peace, unity and stability through the life skills of football and it’s always a fantastic idea.
“I’m very happy that our own captain is involved. He’s the son of the soil, and we have George Boateng who is Ghana-affiliated and Sol Campbell is around and who many fans are happy to see.
“Football is very powerful, and using the tool and footballers who are the biggest stakeholders to bring people together is a very wonderful idea.
“I’m very happy to grace the occasion, if PFAG can support, we’ll gladly take the opportunity to do that. Already, our vice president Stephen Appiah is the peace ambassador and I’m very happy this thing is going to help Ghanaians unite.”
A world select-side will play Asante Kotoko in the first match at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi before taking on the Black Stars in Accra four days later.