Former African soccer stars to play a match in Malawi

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The organizing committee of the match marking the African Leaders Special Olympics Forum on Intellectual Disability has said all is set for the landmark football match slated for Sunday in the capital city, with former football stars confirming their participation.

The game will kick off the African Leaders Forum on Disability that was announced by President Joyce Banda of the Republic at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative.

According to Communications, Marketing and Media Manager for Special Olympics Ancilla Smith, they have got nods from former Bafana Bafana trio Mark Fish, Phil Masinga and Desiree Ellis as part of the squad to field at the Civo stadium. The African celebrity players will be joined by members of the Malawian National Football Team

“I can confirm that Fish and Phil have assured us of their participation. Also note that a number of former Flames stars will take part. This promises to be a great event,” Smith said.

In a match that will be attended by top dignitaries, notable among them will be the former Chief Justice Richard Banda. Malawian cabinet ministers from Malawi will also be joined by their counterparts from Mauritius, Seychelles, Ghana, and Tanzania to fill the VIP benches.

The event is aimed at lobbying for support to end discrimination against persons with intellectual disability and will be spiced by performances by notable urban artists Lulu and Piksy and renowned local reggae music group the Black Missionaries Band. Celebrated South African DJ Cleo will also take it to the decks to give the audience a treat.

President Banda will open the event as the guest of honour. The games are set to open at 9 in the morning and entrance is free. It is anticipated that the event will attract up to 15,000 spectators.

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