Former Nigerian national team star Yakubu Ayigbeni will visit Malawi enroute from Mozambique on Thursday (May 16) in the company of three FIFA Foundation officials to visit the Cylone Idai hit areas as the Foundation aims at assessing the areas so that they can help renovate affected football/sport infrastructure and to appreciate the damage effects and trauma impact done.
Football Association of Malawi Media and Competitions Director, Gomezgani Zakazaka announced this on Wednesday on the sidelines of the opening of the international FIFA Forward Infrastructure workshop at Protea Ryalls Hotel in Blantyre.
Zakazaka said the FIFA delegation will visit Chikwawa and Nsanje on Friday where the floods were most affected and in Nsanje, Yakubu is expected to interact with victim children who are camped at the Nsanje Community Ground.
“He will play football with the kids, conduct football clinics before returning on Saturday heading for Zimbabwe, the other country affected by Cyclone Idai.
“The foundation also visited Mozambique with former Mambas international Nuno Gomes.
The FIFA Forward Infrastructure workshop at Protea Ryalls Hotel in Blantyre, is the first to be held in Africa since its inception last November, a programme which the world football governing body emphasizes on how serious it is trying to improve the fabric of the game through infrastructure development.
Most Malawians will remember Ayegbeni (born 22 November 1982), as one Eagle that once played against the Flames at the Kamuzu Stadium in their squad that also had the legend Austin Jay Jay Okocha.
Teams he has played for are Maccabi Haifa (2002-03) that earned him a loan move to English club Portsmouth which became permanent as they were promoted to the Premier League in 2003.
Yakubu appeared in over 250 Premier League matches for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn Rovers and is the second highest African goalscorer in Premier League history with 96 goals.
He is the third highest scorer in the history of the Nigeria’s Super Eagles and represented them at four Africa Cup of Nations finals, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2000 Summer Olympics.