Galaxy of stars for Bell-Ziadie Memorial
Many former national representatives and celebrities will be in action at the 30th staging of the Bell-Ziadie Memorial football matches today at Winchester Park, St George's College.
Clive 'Busy' Campbell, chief organiser of the Masters and Celebrities Inc-promoted event, said all is in place for the matches.
"Everything is in place for the matches, which are set to kick-off at 2 p.m., which will honour the memory of two great football stalwarts," Campbell told The Gleaner.
"It is a hype thing as we are playing for the Bell-Ziadie Trophy and bragging rights," Campbell said about the banter leading up to the yearly showdowns.
Four persons will be honoured: former FIFA referee Peter Prendergast and former national player Kenneth 'Bop' Campbell;and two posthumously, former Jamaica and St George's College player, Leighton Hugh and former Santos and Jamaica outstanding goalkeeper, Orville Edwards.
Also, the RJR Communications Group will be honoured by the Master and Celebrities Inc, which has been supporting the event for all its 30 years.
Three teams will participate in the football competition, and the top team will receive the Bell-Ziadie trophy.
David James, father of Dominic, the former St George's College football captain who died on September 20 after he collapsed, will play in the matches.
The event is in honour of Winthorpe 'Jackie' Bell and Dennis Ziadie, who passed away in an accident during the 1986 FIFA World Cup finals in Mexico City, Mexico.
The St George's College Invitational comprise Dennis' son, Nick Ziadie, Shavar Thomas, Orlando Walters, Ken Ellis, Ali Rose, David James, Sean Polack, Ryan Dawes, Marcel Gayle, Mark Miller, Denton Manning, Peter Johnson, Lawrence Passley, Gregory Messam Snr., David Laylor, David Williams, Richard McCallum, and Wayne Marshall.
Chris Martin Invitational - Christopher Martin, Usain Bolt, Jermaine Gonzales, Ricardo Gardner, Ian Goodison, Walter Boyd, Marvin Chin, Simba Harris, Richard Currie, Kwame Falconer, Peter Gordon, Sadiki Bolt, Adrian Pitter, Rupert Hines, Shamar Glanville, and Sayco Gordon.
Masters and Celebrities - Ian Wilkinson, Michael Williams, Jaheel Hyde, Kasai Hines, Rudolph Speid, Ian McNaughton, Alicia James, Sherona Forrester, Stephen Miller, Kirk Williams, Cornel Chin-sue, Kevin Wilson, Denton Sheddon, Durrent Brown, Hector Wright, Hugh Blair, Eldorado Mullings, and Robert Scott.
The sponsors include RJR Communications Group, WATA, Power 106, Burger King, Pure National Ice, B Riley Signs, Chess Foundation, DATZmy DJ, Cuddy's Restaurant and Grill, and Masters and Celebrities.