Warriors legend and Under 23 coach Peter Ndlovu will tomorrow join former international football stars in the Global United football team-for their annual charity event in Windhoek, Namibia.
They will play an FNB Invitation which features a number of former Namibia senior national team stars and track and field hero Frank Fredericks.
The FNB Invitation team consists mainly of the Brave Warriors Class of 98 players including Lolo Goraseb, Ricardo Mannetti, Congo Hindjou, Mohammed Ouseb, Gerros Urikhob and Bimbo Tjihero.
Other African stars due today in Windhoek include former African Footballer of the Year and now Football Association of Zambia president Kalusha Bwalya, South African legends Phil Masinga and Doctor Khumalo, and Yaw Preko and Samuel Johnson both of Ghana.
Global United FC is the biggest football charity worldwide and fights against climate change and has French legend Zinedine Zidane, Czech hero Pavel Nedved and Brazilian Cafu and many other world stars as members of its 400-man strong squad.
“Global United is the first non-profit football club of renowned football celebrities worldwide who commit to sustainable, social climate protection and fighting the increasingly devastating effects of climate change.
“Global United FC supports social climate protection projects, by which climate protection is put in context with social inclusion, environmental education and a distinct sustainable value for humans’ everyday life. We stand united for us and our children, for a clean and sound future,“ reads their website.
They have already informed Zifa of their intention to have the legend as part of their initiative through an email to the communications manager Nicky Dhlamini-Moyo.
This is the third year running that Ndlovu, also a Warriors assistant coach, will be taking part in the event. “Sure, I will be going there for the match. It’s a charity event,” he said.
The organisation was founded by Lutz Pfannenstiel, a former German International. Pfannenstiel is the first and currently only football player to have played professionally on all six Fifa footballing continents.
He has featured in Germany, Brazil, USA, Canada, England, Finland, Norway, Italy, Armenia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Namibia, South Africa, Albania and works as Scout & Club Relations International with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim where Warriors international Knowledge Musona plays.
He was in Zimbabwe in 2010 as goalkeepers coach in Belgian Tom Saintfiet’s short-lived reign as Warriors coach.According to Namibia Sport, some of the members of Global United have already arrived in Windhoek and got their tour underway with a 2-1 victory against Immanuel Shifidi Secondary School in Katutura on Tuesday.
The game was enjoyed by the scholars and Global United players alike, like Michel Dinzey, Silvio Meissner, Lothar Sippel, Michael Schulz and Olaf Marshall, who teamed up with Namibians Lolo Goraseb and Danzyl Bruwer.
The experienced Global United players were pushed all the way by their youthful opponents, but managed to get their tour off to a winning start.
Olaf Marschall gave them the lead while Lothar Sippel headed in their second goal from a Silvio Meissner cross.
With five minutes to go the schoolboys pulled a goal back from a goalmouth scramble, but Global United managed to hold on for the win.
The match was supported by hundreds of enthusiastic school children, while they also listened attentively to presentations on climate change by Pfannenstiel and Lolo Goraseb.
Dawn Humphries of FNB Namibia also addressed the children, reiterating the bank’s commitment towards the environment and soccer in Namibia.
Global United left for the coast on Wednesday to play a match in the dunes yesterday morning. They were due to return to Windhoek yesterday afternoon and will take on Jan Jonker Afrikaner Secondary School in another kick-around this afternoon.