'Busy' Campbell launches Fund for football icons in need - Big names for Bell/Ziadie Fun Day
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
The 27th staging of the Bell/Ziadie Memorial Fun Day football matches will be held next Monday, Heroes' Day, at Winchester Park, St George's College.
For the one-day tournament, the teams involved are Masters & Celebrities/Entertainers, St George's College Invitational, Jamaica's Cricket team, and Sponsors/Media.
Among the players set to participate are former Reggae Boyz Walter 'Blacka' Boyd, Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardner, Shavar Thomas, Gregory Messam Sr, as well as Ian Wilkinson, Ian Burnett, Audley Boyd, Lukie D, Chris Martin, Tony Curtis, and others.
This year, football stalwarts such as Errol Morgan, Maurice 'Danny' Lyn, and James 'Jimmy' Ross will be honoured at the event, from which proceeds will be utilised to assist basic schools located in East St Andrew.
"We will continue the journey to ensure that the young people are afforded a solid foundation in proper facilities," Clive 'Busy' Campbell, chief organiser of Masters and Celebrities Inc, disclosed at the launch at Cuddy'z Sports Bar and Restaurant yesterday.
Calling for assistance
Campbell also said a fund should be started to assist noted members of the football family who are struggling in life.
"I am calling for assistance from PLCA (Premier League Clubs Association) to assist past footballers such as Boysie Nicholson, Les Brown and also former administrator Bob West," Campbell, in an emotional speech, said.
Leading by example, Campbell donated one $100 note each of the US, Canadian and pounds sterling to kick off the Fund.
"They need help, as they are very sick. Let us start a fund to help them. We have to help them as they helped football," said the man who started the event in memory of football stalwarts Winthorpe 'Jackie' Bell and Dennis Ziadie, who both died in a motor vehicle accident at the FIFA World Cup in 1986 in Mexico.
Campbell also pointed out that changes must be made in the governance of local football.
"We need a house cleaning to bring back football as Jamaica has fallen to a low of 100 on the FIFA rankings," Campbell noted.
Among the sponsors of the Bell/Ziadie Memorial football matches are Digicel, Print 24/7, Cuddy'z Sports Bar and Restaurant, Burger King, KLAS, Power 106, Puma, Sports Max, RJR Communications Group, and Best Dressed Chicken.