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AFCAR kicks off!

READY: (from left to right): Sam Sodje, Jason Roberts, Efe Sodje and Cottons’ Andrew McIntosh

THE OFFICIAL launch of AFCAR (Africa-Caribbean) football fixture took place at Cottons Restaurant in Islington, north London, last week.

Some of the biggest names in football will converge on Brentford’s Griffin Road ground when a Friends of the Caribbean XI take on their African counterparts.

Among those in attendance at the launch were Richard Taylor of the Damilola Taylor Trust and Orin Lewis from the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust. Both organisations will be beneficiaries of some of the match proceeds.

Two star-studded squads of footballing legends and high-profile celebrities from the Caribbean, Africa and England will compete in what will be a fiercely contested clash.

GOOD TO TALK: Efe Sodje (left) and Jason Roberts

The Jason Roberts Foundation (JRF) and Sodje Sports Foundation (SSF) are the two organisations behind the event which will temporarily divide the community as they support their team.

At the launch Stephen Sodje and Otis Roberts, who head the respective foundations, explained that the occasion was open to all; those that love their football as well as those that wanted to embrace a day out with the family.

Among the players and football celebrities invited to take part are Patrick Vieira, Andy Cole, Michael Turner, Emile Heskey, Paul Merson, Nwankwo Kanu, Vincent Pericard, Ashley Banjo (Diversity), Chucky Venn (Eastenders) Peter Odemwingie, Dereck Chisora and Eddie Kadi, with other names to be confirmed.

Reading striker Roberts will lead out the Caribbean team and Bury’s Efetobore Sodje will captain the African team.

It will be the first time that a collaborative event focused largely on a celebration of cultures and sport has taken place.

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