Come December 1, a day marked globally as World AIDS Day, ex-Nigerian football stars and entertainment stars will play a novelty match aimed at drawing attention to, and identify with Nigerians living with HIV/AIDS.
Jay Jay, Celestine Babayaro, Da Bull, Tijani Babaginda, West and Tony Bafo (Ghana) are some of the players confirmed to file out as Team Eagles.
Team celebrities include MI, 9ice, Segun Arinze, Gordons, Afeez Ayetoro (Saka), Chinedu Ikedieze (Aki), Osita Iheme (Pawpaw) Wande Coal, ID Cabasa, Nonso Diobi, among others.
Emmanuel Babayaro, in conjunction with Friends Africa, a non-profit organisation, is putting the event together to, according to Arinze, “move away from paying lip-service to issues of HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria.”
At a briefing on Monday in Lagos, attended by Charles Novia, Kingsley Ogoro, Segun Arinze and Dr. Akudo Ikemba, CEO/Founder of Friends Africa, Celestine Babayaro said the only stars that will shine on the match day are those discriminated against because of their HIV status.
On the fun side, Arinze wondered what Saka would do with a football, hoping the Campos Stadium venue would be able to hold whatever the stars would be up to.