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Accra: World XI beat Africa XI

27 May 2011 at 02:33 | 1471 views

By Rodney Michael in Accra, Ghana.

The Peace Match that took place here in Accra, today, May 26 is in line with The Peace Convention in Tripoli. Ghanaian soccer star Michael Essien, who organised the match, is a Peace Envoy, I believe for CAF, and this was his way of supporting Peace in Africa.

Amongst the stars were Drogba, Amokachi, Kalusha Bwalya (scored first goal), Adebayor, Ash Cole, Malouda, Kalou, Asamoah Gyan, Kinston, Rabar Madjer the first African to have won a European Cup Medal.

The match was affected by rain but the spirit of the crowd was not dampened and the Ghanaians showed their appreciation with vuvzuelas overcoming the musical sets and everyone dancing.

It was not the normal African football match witnessed by men only, this was equally witnessed by women and kids, giving it a family flavour.

The show really came to life when Assamoah Gyan proved he had a career ahead in musical entertainament when he took on Ghana’s most famous musical performers with their own dance moves and did it better. He sang with them and at half time kick off was delayed for over 5 minutes because the crowd apparently were enjoying Gyan’s ability to entertain.

An elderly man was shouting "Do not worry about the rain, Africa is being blessed today by our footballing heroes and God has surely answered their prayers with this showers of blessing".

Sierra Leonean soccer enthusiast Rodney Michael and his wife Jestina in Accra, Ghana.

The match was broadcast live by SuperSport, Africa’s No 1 satellite provider, Ghana TV and a few other providers.

Tickets rose to three times the price with the most expensive going for $ 100 but no one left the stadium in regret.

It was money well spent and entertainment was at its best.

There was also the little matter of the score: The World XI beat Africa XI 3-2 but the only winner was Africa.

Essien made Africa proud today.

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