*Amokachie, Mokoena, Nwaruwari others arrived
Congo Democratic Republic former international, Cyril Mubiala lead the pack of the first batch of African legends, who arrived the ancient city of Kano Tuesday ahead of Thursday’s charity match to raise funds for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) across the country. The match is code named Match-4-IDPs.
The other early birds include Daniel Amokachi, Garba Lawal and Tijjani Babangida.
According to the Coordinator of the Match-4-IDPs, South Africa-based Moo Mohammed Mustapha has also arrived. The others include Benjamin Nwaruwari, Fabian McCarthy, Aaron Mokoena, Kanu Nwankwo, Mutiu Adepoju and Samson Siasia will storm the town tomorrow (Wednesday) for the match against former Nigeria league champion, Kano Pillars football club.
Mustapha said he was happy with the response of the former internationals in creating awareness on the plight of the IDPs.
He said the Sani Abacha stadium, venue for the epic game will see the best of the stars, who are ready to display their fine soccer artistry for the admiration of the fans and the project, Match-4-IDPs.
Mustapha further said he was impressed with the reception given to the players on their arrival by the sports loving people of the state.
He called on the teeming football fans in the state to come out in their numbers to watch the game.
Meanwhile, the chief initiator and General Coordinator for Match-4-IDPs, Abi Goodman has revealed that all arrangements for the successful hosting of the match have been put in place.
Goodman commended the State government and the sports authorities in the State for their efforts towards a hitch free game.
Emir of Kano, His Eminence, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, will be leading the entire community to the match which has generated very high pre-event rave reviews in the media. Political and social leaders will join the Emir for the match.