Sunday, June 9, 2013

Africa XI beat the World XI 4-2 at Micheal Essien's Game of Hope

Ballack addresses the crowd

The Africa XI beat the World XI 4-2 in an entertaining encounter at Micheal Essien's  Game of Hope and Inspiration in Ghana on Saturday afternoon. The game was played in the Ghanaian capital Accra on Saturday 8th June, to help raise funds to support underprivileged children in Ghana through the building of local projects in rural communities. Chelseafc

Essien who recently stated he wants to reclaim his place in the Chelsea startling line-up represented the Blues in the game which included now former Chelsea player Florent Malouda, Ricardo Carvalho, Michael Ballack, Geremi, Jody Morris and youngsters Jamal Blackman and Jeffrey Bruma.
 In the end, it was the hosts who were celebrating having taken an early lead and rarely looking back.

Ghana's own Michael Essien, Jayjay Okocha, Adebayor, as well as the rest of the Black Stars of Ghana team made up the Africa XI squad. 
African football legend and former Super Eagles player Jay-Jay Okocha showed his brilliance as he unleashed a dipping volley that dropped just over the bar. The Nigerian was also keen to show he had retained his box of tricks despite his retirement. 

It was indeed a friendly game as there were laughs all round when former Bayern Munich defender Samuel Kuffour dived into a challenge with Florent Malouda, who was sharp enough to jump out of the way. 

Ballack, Malouda and Essien enjoy their welcome