Stars arrive today for Unity Match

Ten former international world-class players are expected to arrive in the country today ahead of tomorrow’s Stephen Appiah-led world XI international match against Kumasi Asante Kotoko at the Baba Yara Stadium as organisers put stringent security measures in place to ward off gate crashers.


The players include former England international and Arsenal’s strongman, Sol Campbell, Dutchman and former AC Milan midfielder, Edgar Davis, Dutchman of Ghanaian decent, George Boateng, former Africa Footballer of the Year, Kanu Nwankwo, and his fellow Nigerian, Yakubu Aiyegbeni.

The World XI team is expected to be beefed up with Ghana’s 2006 World Cup squad, including defender John Mensah and the midfield trio of Michael Essien, Sulley Ali Muntari and Stephen Appiah.

The Vodafone-sponsored match, put together by Primeval Media Consult, is expected to be replicated with a clash between the world team against the 2006 Black Stars World Cup team at the Accra Stadium on Saturday.

A member of the Primeval Media Consult, Jeffrey Asare, told a press conference in Kumasi on Monday that only those duly accredited would be allowed into the stadium.

He said the match was to showcase to the world the organisational capabilities of Ghana football and to make it a destination for such matches in future.

In January this year, former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah was named the Peace Ambassador for the 2016 general election in Ghana.

Sequel to that, he is using football as a vehicle to preach peace before, during and after this year’s elections to safeguard the country’s democracy.

As part of his itinerary, Appiah will tour the 10 regional capitals with special focus on some known flashpoints to ease tension ahead of the elections.

Kick-off is at 7 pm.

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