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History in the making

MAIN MEN: The PFA’s Gordon Taylor with Jason Roberts (left) and Efe Sodje

THERE WAS a sense of history in the making at the official AFCARTheGame press conference, which took place at the swanky west London Hilton Hotel last week.

The eagerly awaited announcement of the family fun day and charity football match between Friends of Africa and Friends of the Caribbean (AFCARTheGame) brought out the great and the good as the African Caribbean community connected to bring to life the first stage of what promises to be a momentous occasion.

AFCARTheGame, the brainchild of the Jason Roberts Foundation and the Sodje Sports Foundation, is set to take place at Brentford FC on Bank Holiday Monday, May 27.

As well as a festival of dance and all things connected to the African and Caribbean diaspora it’s the football match, which has whipped up a fervent sense of pride and patriotism among the various celebrities, players, former players and coaches, that will be pitted against each other.

ORGANISERS: Otis Roberts and Stephen Sodje (right) are the men behind AFCARTheGame

Speaking at the launch, Sam Sodje, younger brother of chief executive of the Sodje Sports Foundation Stephen, told the Voice of Sport that the Africans don’t even need to turn up, claiming: “We have won already!

“The African team is very strong, we are going to show the Caribbean team how things are done. There are some names that haven’t been announced yet, but when they are it will be even more trouble for the Caribbean side.”

Reading striker Jason Roberts, who is set to captain the Caribbean XI, responded by telling assembled members of the media that while the African team was strong, it was a given that the Friends of the Caribbean outfit would prevail “by three or four goals.”

With the scene set it was the likes of Ian Wright and Ed Stein, and PFA chief Gordon Taylor, who brought attention to the fact that two communities famed for their inability to galvanise, had come together in one of the most potent ways possible.

WAITING FOR THE ACTION: The assembled press and guests wait for news about the match

Among the other notable names in attendance were Otis Roberts, the head of the Jason Roberts Foundation, Orin and Berverly De-Gale of the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust, Jazzy B of Soul II Soul fame and Choice FM’s Daddy Ernie.

*For information visit: The Damilola Trust, ACLT and a charity chosen by Brentford will receive a percentage from the tickets sold.

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