Tuesday, July 8, 2008


The celebrations held for Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday on 18 July 2008 are the kick-off for a worldwide initiative that has a greater goal: to make the dream of Nelson Mandela a reality – to defeat child poverty in Africa.

Goal4Africa will be held July 12, 2008. There is no coverage of the game in North/South America, it seems. The formations [according to a source at sandronesta.com] are as follows:

Team 1:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (ITA/Juventus)
Defenders: Alessandro Nesta (ITA/AC Milan), Sergio Ramos (ESP/Real Madrid),
Paolo Maldini (AC Milan) [It's like defender heaven...for Sergio.]
Midfielders: Gennaro Gattuso (ITA/AC Milan), Kaka (BRA/AC Milan), Andrea Pirlo
(ITA/AC Milan), Steven Gerrard (ENG/Liverpool) [The Stevie G ambush.]
Forwards: Robin van Persie (NED/Arsenal), Andrei Shevchenko (UKR/Chelsea),
Ruud van Nistelrooy (NED/Real Madrid), Baichung Bhutia (IND/Mohun Began)

Coach: Fabio Cannavaro (ITA/Real Madrid) [Koala tactics.]

Team 2:

Goalkeepers: Nelson Dida (BRA/AC Milan), Tony Sylva (SEN/Lille)
Defenders: Christopher Samba (CGO/Blackburn), Ronald Zubar (FRA/Marseille),
Naldo (BRA/Werder Brême)
Midfielders: Clarence Seedorf (NED/AC Milan), Michael Essien (GHA/Chelsea),
Ze Roberto (BRA/Bayern Munich) [Midfield of badassery.]
Forwards: Samuel Eto’o (CMR/FC Barcelone), Emmanuel Adebayor (TOG/Arsenal),
Benedict McCarthy (RSA/Blackburn), Didier Drogba (CIV/Chelsea),
Shaun Bartlett (RSA/Kaizer Chiefs), Kaizer Jr Motaung (RSA/Kaizer Chiefs) [Holy Kaizer Chiefs!]

Coach: Ronaldo (BRA)