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Ghana's Michael Essien, an Africa Union Peace Ambassador, is organising a match between an Africa XI and World XI.

The charity game, to help promote peace in Africa, is set to be played in the Ghanaian capital Accra on 25 May.

The Ghana international will captain an African side that will include George Weah, Abedi Pele and Roger Milla.

Essien's Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole will captain the World XI, with England stars Shaun Wright-Phillips and John Terry also set to play.

Other former African stars who are set to feature include Ghana greats Tony Baffoe, Tony Yeboah, Sammy Kuffuor as well as Morocco's Raber Madjer.

Many current players like Samuel Eto'o, Didier Drogba, Nwankwo Kanu, Kolo and Yaya Toure, Salomon Kalou and Stephen Appiah have also confirmed they will be playing.

As well as Cole, Terry and Wright-Phillips, many more players from European clubs have been invited to take part .

The game is part of Essien's commitment to promoting and raising the awareness of peace in Africa using football.

The funds raised from the game will be used to enhance peace initiatives across Africa.


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This is actually fantastic!! If it gets televised, I'm definitely going to watch it :D Great stuff this is, and for a good cause as well! Hats off to you Ess! :blue scalf:

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Ess is fantastic at what he's doing, and I am not talking about playing for Chelsea. I hope there won't be problems of any kind and he will manage it. Fingers crossed. It is a great ideat definitely.

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