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M.I, Sound Sultan, Dr. Sid, Nonso Diobi, Jay Jay Okocha, Kanu Nwakwo & More Stars “Play for Life” at the Novelty Football Match to Commemorate the 2012 World AIDS Day – Photos



The World AIDS Day ‘Play for Life’ Novelty Football Match in partnership with Friends Africa’s Goodwill Ambassador, Emmanuel Hyacinth Babayaro took place on Saturday December 1st, 2012 at the Campos Mini Stadium Lagos Island. This formed a part of Friends Africa’s activities to commemorate the 2012 World AIDS Day.

The aim of the initiative was to tap into the natural convening power of Football to create a viable platform for the delivery of health advocacy campaigns and amplifying the voice for this year’s global AIDS Day theme: ‘Getting to Zero’. Meaning – Zero Stigmatization of people living with HIV/AIDS, Zero Infections! Zero Discrimination! Zero Transmission; through educating and empowering youths with information to help prevent the spread of this deadly disease.

The novelty match was played between a team of ex-football stars (Team Eagles) and a team of celebrities in the music and movie industry in Nigeria (Team Entertainers). People living with HIV were match officials, coaches, supporters and special guests. In attendance was former president of Nigeria Gen. Yakubu Gowon, who shook hands with all the players just before kick-off. Team Eagles won Team Entertainers 8 goals to 3 with Jay Jay Okocha netting a hat trick.

Team Eagles
Jay Jay Okocha, Kanu Nwankwo, Daniel Amokachi, Celestine Babayaro, Emmanuel Babyaro, Mobi Oparaku, Jonathan Akpoborie, Emeka Ezeugo, Ben Akwuegbu, Teslim Fatusi, Taiwo Enegwa amongst others

Team Entertainers
M.I, Sound Sultan, Dr. Sid, Segun Arinze, Nonso Diobi, Afeez Ayetoro (Saka), John Njama, Fred Amata, Sexy Steel , ID Cabasa amongst others

From the photos below, the match sure looked like fun.


Sound Sultan

Kanu Nwankwo


Nonso Diobi & Afeez Ayetoro

Jay Jay Okocha

Team Eagles

Team Entertainers

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. mama

    December 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

    lol fred and his beer bear and pa afeez ayetoro!

  2. david onyinye

    December 6, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Wonderful n encouraging!!!!!!!

  3. X factor

    December 6, 2012 at 10:54 am


  4. anna

    December 6, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I see Celestine Babayaro

  5. Theodora

    December 6, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Nice one people…

  6. Benson

    December 6, 2012 at 11:27 am

    The stars of yesterday.How times flies and life changes.No wonder the bible says our life is like a living vapor.Let us care for the PLWHA and avoid stigma and discrimination.God bless FRIENDS of Africa for putting this together.God bless Celestine Babayaro the chairman of the foundation and all the partners.

  7. Otunba

    December 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm


  8. Inebaby

    December 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    this is so cool and nice….

  9. nina onita

    December 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    God babayaro still looks fawn.. and oh its good to see africa making use of its entertainers and past heroes to help progress in th country come to pass

  10. taiwo

    December 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    now this is more like it not like the one they are posing naked for.

  11. cj

    December 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Great job Friends of Africa, ex super eagles, and all the celebrities in attendance. Brilliant initiative!

  12. adenike

    December 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I had goose bumps all through. Commendable.

  13. me

    December 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Wow… i think mention should be made of the voluntary counseling and testing centers made available at the scene. That was the real impact.

  14. Tunmi

    December 8, 2012 at 2:28 am

    BN you really could have tried to get the names of the players.

  15. Joyce

    December 10, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I luv this, it is so nice. I hope this will help to stop the stigma Good job guys!!!

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