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Ballaz want biennial exhibition match

Published:Monday | March 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott
Walter Boyd (centre) challenges Rivaldo (right) during the exhibition game between Jamaica All Stars and Brazil All Stars at the National Stadium on Friday. Jamaica won 2-1.
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Andre Virtue, managing director of Ballaz International and organiser of the Brazilian All-Stars and Jamaica All Stars exhibition game which was played at the National stadium on Friday, is looking at the prospect of hosting one of these exhibition games at least every two years.

Virtue said organising the event was a major challenge and at one stage, he thought it would be a total flop because of the late announcement. However, he said that he is committed to the development of Jamaica's football, especially at the grass roots and believes the country need more inspirational projects like this to motivate its youngsters and aid development.

"We spoke about bringing the Brazilians here for a while and you have to start somewhere, so we did this one. The fact that we were able to bring people like Rivaldo, Dunga, Edmilson, who are world greats was just fabulous. The country needs more things like this, and maybe every two years we'll do something like this," he said.

"It was extremely hard, very challenging, and without corporate support, it wouldn't be possible. But we don't do these things for the money. We are really committed to football development and bringing people together," he continued.

SHORT WINDOW

"It was a very short window for us to pull it off and we reached out to corporate Jamaica, and most of the responses were in bad timing, so I was not sure that we could pull it off.

"But we have to do things like this to develop our football, and corporate Jamaica needs to get more involved in development projects like this. So I implore corporate Jamaica to get more involved in projects like this and we will take it from there," Virtue said.