Bolt to lead team at Bell-Ziadie Memorial
The world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, is set to display his football skills at the 26th annual staging of the Bell/Ziadie Memorial Football Festival on Monday.
Bolt, a regular participant in the event, will lead the Digicel-sponsored Usain Bolt Invitational team, which will also feature his Racers teammate Jermaine Gonzales, while West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle will also be playing, but for the Masters & Celebrities team.
Bolt's team will be just one of four lined up to entertain patrons at the yearly showpiece, held in honour of local football legends Winthorpe 'Jackie' Bell and Dennis Ziadie who perished in a motor vehicle accident while attending a World Cup quarter-final match between Brazil and France at the 1986 Finals in Mexico City.
The three other teams that will take part in the competition are Masters & Celebrities, Promoters and Sponsors and St George's College Invitational.
Telecommunications giant Digicel will play the role of title sponsor for this year's event, which will see proceeds go towards the Malvern Basic School, a project started earlier this year by the event's organiser, Clive 'Busy' Campbell.
Campbell initiated that project with funds from another charity event, the Bob Marley One Love Classic.
Since the event's initial staging, it is estimated that more than 100 basic schools and children's homes have benefited through the charity.
The event also honours stalwarts in football and the entertainment industry. This year's honourees are Tony James, former president of the Jamaica Football Federation, Danny Hawthorne, former FIFA referee, Delroy 'Niah' Garrison, member of the administration team of the Arnett Gardens Football Club and Peter Chevannes, former Jamaica player and St Georges's College old boy.
Bolt Invitational: Usain Bolt, Jermaine Gonzales, Christopher Martin, Sadiki Bolt, Dean Shepherd, Chris Wynter, Adrian Pitter, Matthew McKenzie, Billy Lee Clarke, Richard Thomas, Jhamel James, Toney Phelps, Neo Oxford, Phillip Palmer, Omar Shoucair, Chad Williams, Mikhail DaCosta, Nile Saulter, Jevaughn Laing.
Masters & Celebrities: David Laylor, Rudolph Speid, Clifton Waugh, Jah Mikes, David Williams, Raymond Smith, Gareth Geddes, Lenworth Hyde Sr, Paul 'Tegat' Davis, Byron Earle, Livingston Moore, Ian Wilkinson, Alicia James, Jordan Haynes, Israel Portillo, Chris Gayle, Rohan Rousseau, Stafanie Taylor, Kelso Cousins, Marvin Chin, Lance Whittaker, Wavell Hinds.
Sponsors & Promoters: Courtney Walsh, Aidonia, Lukie D, Tony Curtis, Hugh 'Bingy' Blair, Nesbeth, Audley Boyd, Ian Burnett, Chris Vendryes, Ralston Hyman, Rohan Powell, Andrew 'Bower' Hines, Peter 'Metro' Grant, Ryan Dawes, Leroy Graham, Rayon Watson, George Smith, Edson Brevett, Kevin Wedderburn.
St George's College Invitational: Nick Ziadie, Calvin Hunter, Glenroy Brown, Omar Thomas, Andrew Thomas, Ken Ellis, Peter Johnson, Sean Polack, Kris DaCosta, Steve Robinson, Kofi Bailey, Brandon Murray, Mario Hackett, Mario Bell, Warren Wilson, Ricardo Hillary, Elvis Clarke, Peter Prendergast, Michael 'Bedi' Walker, Michael Tulloch.