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

15 Comments on 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
  • mama December 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

    lol fred and his beer bear and pa afeez ayetoro!

  • david onyinye December 6, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Wonderful n encouraging!!!!!!!

  • X factor December 6, 2012 at 10:54 am


  • anna December 6, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I see Celestine Babayaro

  • Theodora December 6, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Nice one people…

  • 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.

  • Otunba December 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm


  • Inebaby December 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    this is so cool and nice….

  • 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

  • taiwo December 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm

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

  • cj December 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm

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


  • adenike December 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I had goose bumps all through. Commendable.

  • 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.

  • Tunmi December 8, 2012 at 2:28 am

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

  • 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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