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04.04.2006 Football News

Abedi gets International Appointment

Abedi gets International Appointment

Accra, April 4, GNA - Abedi Pele Ayew, former captain of the senior national team, the Black Stars has been appointed as FIFA SOS Ambassador for Ghana.

The soccer maestro's appointment comes as a result of his outstanding contribution to sports in Ghana and interest he has shown in the development of young people.

Ayew now joins FIFA's impressive team of SOS Ambassadors, which includes Manchester United's duo of strikers Wayne Rooney and Ruud Van Nistelroy as well as Austin Jay Jay Okocha, captain of the Nigerian national team and Bolton Wanderers of England.

The Ghanaian soccer legend as part of his role would represent the interest of FIFA in SOS Villages just like the other ambassadors around the world.

At a brief ceremony to announce the appointment, Ayew expressed his fullest support for the SOS concept that is aimed at providing hundreds of orphans, abandoned and destitute children with a new family home. The SOS Children's Village is a private welfare organisation aimed at providing a home and education for orphaned and destitute children in a home setting similar to a real family.

It is currently spread around 132 countries with about 54,000 children growing up in over 420 children's homes. In Ghana, SOS villages are located at Tema in the Greater Accra Region and Asiakwa in the Eastern Region Region.