Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
The 27th staging of the Bell/Ziadie Memorial Celebrity Charity football games are set to be held next Monday, Heroes Day, at St George's College playfield, North Street, with four teams down to participate.
The games organised by Master and Celebrities Inc, in association with Digicel, will feature teams such as Masters/Celebrities and Entertainer, St George's Invitational, Jamaica Cricket team and Sponsor/ Media.
Winthorpe 'Jackie' Bell and Dennis Ziadie died tragically during the 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico.
"The death of those two gentlemen set back Jamaica's football some 10 years as they went in search of ways to move our football forward," Rudolph Speid, president of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association said during the media launch for the annual event.
"Learning of what these two gentlemen were about, I have pledged to continue this project if anything happen to 'Busy' (Clive Campbell, chief organiser) because this is dear to his heart. He has kept their memories alive," Speid pointed out.
Campbell disclosed that proceeds from the game will be towards assisting needy basic schools in the Corporate Area. "We have to focus on education as a means of nation building," Campbell said.
He thanked Digicel and the other sponsors for coming on board in support of the event.
This year's honourees are former FIFA referee Clive Wright; Danny Simpson, former St George's star; and Allan 'Skill' Cole, former national player.