Monday, April 5, 2010

World Cup ball arrives Nigeria April 8

Legendary football "The Ball", presently on world tour will be a special guest of the Special Olympics Nigeria (SONigeria) from April 8-14 as part of the activities put in place to enrich the 2010 World Cup to be hosted by South Africa.

Special Olympics Nigeria (SONigeria) Chairman, Victor Gbolade Osibodu, who disclosed this on Tuesday while briefing the media on SONigeria activities lined up for the 2010-11 said "The Ball" will be received on April 10 at the Astro-Turf 2000, Ikoyi, Lagos.

According to him, a novelty unified 5-aside soccer match featuring athletes with and without intellectual disability will be played in the spirit of the game to help create communities of tolerance and inclusion in Nigeria. The novelty 5-aside match will feature SONigeria athletes and COPA Coca-Cola players playing as a team.

On April 12, a street soccer match will feature Search & Groom team against Special Olympics Nigeria athletes.

While in Nigeria "The Ball" will visit some corporate organisations who have partnered with SONigeria over the years.

Speaking further on the event, Osibodu, called on members of the public to be part of the events and join SONigeria in hosting the World Cup Ball's journey to South Africa as tickets have already been made available free.

He commended Guaranty Trust Bank, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Publicis, Soulcomm, Astro Turf 2000 and Search & Groom for supporting the hosting of "The World Cup Ball" Every four years, a legendary football "The Ball" makes a journey from Battersea Park, London (where the very first FA rules football match was played) to the opening ceremony of the football world cup

In January "The Ball" left Battersea Park to make a 10,000 mile pilgrimage to South Africa through west and east Africa. In Africa "The Ball" will travel through morocco, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa in June 2010 for the world cup.

Daily Champion

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