Ghana v Nigeria friendly to kick off One Game, One Community weeks of action
Peter Odemwingie, John Obi Mikel, John Paintsil and Asamoah Gyan will be pledging their support to the One Game, One Community weeks of action as Nigeria take on Ghana next month.
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The game, initially scheduled for August 9, has been rearranged to mark the beginning of the weeks of action, coordinated by Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion campaign. Watford’s Vicarage Road will play host on the revised date of 11 October.
Lord Herman Ouseley, Chair of Kick It Out, is hoping the fixture energises football fans in the area to turn out in force and show their support for the African giants: “This is a perfect way to launch the weeks of action. Africa’s presence in English football has been in the ascendancy for some time and this fixture should whet the appetite of supporters everywhere.
“The phrase One Game, One Community is also particularly poignant here given the fixture was postponed due to last months disturbances. This provides an opportunity to demonstrate how football can acts as a focus for the community to unite behind something positive.”
The fixture will precede a range of diversity initiatives due to take place throughout October across the country. The initiative has been lengthened by a week this season to include more activities as grass roots football prepares to join the professional game, as well as teams and leagues across the continent, for a united stand against any discrimination taking root within the sport.
The weeks of action will see a number of thought leadership seminars, football tournaments and fan and community led activity. Professional clubs will be making their own contribution by holding matchday events. The period remains one of the most highly visible community and social inclusion campaigns in sport.
Club ambassadors this year are as diverse as ever, with Swansea City defender Neil Taylor, Nottingham Forest midfielder Guy Moussi, Colchester United’s Kemal Izzet and Huddersfield Town star Anton Robinson, all on board. They’ll be donning brand new One Game, One Community t-shirts, helping to deliver the message of inclusion to fans in the stands, and in homes, everywhere.
To buy tickets for the match, please click here or call Watford FC’s box office on 0844 856 1881.