Exciting Scenes As Legends Engage World Cup Workers in Exhibition Game

Exciting Scenes As Legends Engage World Cup Workers in Exhibition Game

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:20 PM
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  • FIFA organized a game between World Cup workers and legends of the game
  • The game took place at the Al Thumama stadium with former World Cup winners Cafu and co
  • The 2022 FIFA World Cup has reached the semi-final stage with Argentina set to play Croatia

Football legends took to the pitch to engage workers at the World Cup in Qatar in an exciting game at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino played a role by officiating the match which drew over 5000 spectators on Tuesday morning.

Several legends including World Cup winners Cafu, Roberto Carlos and Marco Materazzi featured for the former footballers.

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FIFA legends have played a friendly against World Cup workers. Credit: @FIFAWorldCup
Source: Twitter

The game played in thirty minutes of two halves drew a lot of excitement as fans cheered their stars on as the workers also met their icons.

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Twenty-four workers- who played a role in the building of stadiums and training pitches- were selected for the game.

“It’s a great idea from FIFA to give back to some of the workers who have put so much hard work into the fantastic stadiums,” former England captain John Terry said after the game.
“To open the stadium up to other fans to come and see [it] free of charge, as well. It’s fantastic. It’s just great for them to come and play with us, but also for us to meet them personally, and experience the pitch. As ex-players, it’s always nice.”

One of the workers, who is from Ghana, Justice Boye Odoi, shared his excitement after meeting some of his idols.

“It was amazing,” he said after the game. “I really enjoyed everything. It was like a dream come true to see some of these guys. They are legends. The emotions were amazing, I enjoyed every bit of it. I was excited to see [Alessandro] Del Piero, especially, and Clarence Seedorf. They are amazing players.
“I went one-on-one with [Marco] Materazzi. That was one of the exciting moments for me. I’ve always dreamed of playing with these guys or seeing them, so it was an amazing experience” he added.

Morocco coach replies to critics

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Walid Regragui has aimed a jibe at his detractors lamenting about his style of play ahead of Morocco's semifinal tie against France on Wednesday, December 14.

Regragui has been accused of playing a 'negative' brand of football, adopting a pragmatic approach throughout their impressive World Cup campaign.

In response to accusations that his side plays too defensively, Regragui said that “we’re going to play like we know how” as quoted by Get French Football News.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.