Austin “Jay-Jay” Okocha, Stephen Keshi and Peter Rufai are among the ex-internationals that are billed to play in a match to seek support for Gov. Adams Oshiomhole’s second term bid.
The match being packaged by the Association of Professional Footballers of Nigeria (APFON), is scheduled for the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, on July 1.
The association said in a statement in Benin on Friday that the match would feature ex-international footballers of Edo origin against their counterparts from other parts of the country.
The statement signed by ex-Green Eagles player, Austin Popo, said the game was being organised because of the governor’s achievements in the state.
``Gov. Oshiomhole has demonstrated his ability as a prolific `striker’ who has scored many goals in all facets of the socio-economic life of the Edo people.
``It includes sports development with its far-reaching positive impact on the development of sportsmen and women.
“It is also true that football and democracy have a common virtue, while democracy is the government of the people, football is a game of the people.
“Comrade Oshiomhole is the people’s governor. The Union is saying let the people decide, because half time is not full time,” it said.
According to the statement, other ex-internationals invited for the match are Henry Nwosu (MON), Sylvaus Okpala, Mutiu Adepoju, Ike Shorunmu and Dimeji Lawal.
Others are Austin Eguavoen, Garuba Lawal, Friday Ekpo, Friday Elahor, Thompson Oliha, Toyin Ayinla and Tarila Okorowanta.
The rest are Yisa Sofoluwe, Bright Omokaro, Samson Ozogula, Dahiru Sadi (MFR), Tafudeen Disu, Baldwin Bazuaye, Ademola Adeshina and Edema Fuludu.