Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) President Kalusha Bwalya will on 25 May 2011 join hands with other African stars in an African XI team for a charity football game to promote and rally support for peace in Africa. The match will be played in the Ghanaian capital of Accra, with Ghana and Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien leading the team. The Africa XI team will play a World XI which will led by England and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole.The match is organized to promote peace in Africa and encourage various communities especially child soldiers to engage in the game of football which unites communities instead of arms and fighting which destabilizes various economies and affect the continent as a whole.
“It’s a great honour and privilege to be involved in the game; to serve a sport w love with total dedication and advancing its development in Zambia, the continent and world as a whole. To have a hand and play a part in initiatives and programmes that promote peace and the well-being of the people is even greater because events that bring our people together like football are a great treasure because of the power the game yields,” said the FAZ chief who has just been appointed to the FIFA Task Force, the only football administrator from Africa. Chaired by Franz Beckenbauer, the Task Force will work on areas such as the Laws of the Game, refereeing, competition regulations, women’s football, medical matters and fair play. Kalusha is the only African on the 22-member Task Force.