NOBLE CAUSES: Sodje (left) and Roberts
SOME OF the biggest names in football will converge on Brentford’s Griffin Road ground in the spring when a Friends of the Caribbean XI take on their African counterparts.
Two star-studded squads of footballing legends and high-profile celebrities from the Caribbean, Africa and England will compete in what will be a mouth-watering clash.
The Jason Roberts Foundation (JRF) and Sodje Sports Foundation (SSF) are the two organisations behind the event which will temporarily divide the community.
The match and family fun day will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, May 27.
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 Jason 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 focuses largely on a celebration of cultures and sport.
Some of the proceeds raised will go to the Damilola Taylor Trust, Daniel De-Gale African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust, and Brentford Football Club’s chosen charity.