Pires, M’Boma and Jimmy Gatete among captains of teams selected to participate in VCWC in Kigali

On 18 March 2023 at 10:51

French national Robert Pires, Cameroonian, Patrick M’Boma and Rwandan Jimmy Gatete have been selected among eight captains representing teams from eight regions of the world expected to participate in the Veteran Clubs World Championship (VCWC) in May 2024.

The captains were announced on Friday 17th March 2023 during a ceremony held at Kepler College.

It was attended by students from Kepler, UNILAK, RICA and University of Kigali.

The captains were announced before talks delivered by football veterans to take students through their journey to celebrity and tip them on the path to success.

These captains include French national, Robert Pires, Cameroonian, Patrick M’Boma, Rwandan Jimmy Gatete, Brazilian Maicon Douglas, Egyptian Wael Kamel Gomaa El Hawty, Italian Tsuneyasu Miyamoto, Spanish Gaizka Mendieta and Canadian, Charmaine Elizabeth Hooper.

Each captain will select players making up their teams based on geographical settings.

The event was among others held on the sidelines of the 73rd World Football Governing Body (FIFA) Congress held in Kigali on 16th March 2023.

The congress left Gianni Infantino re-elected as FIFA President for the third term running from 2023 to 2027.

VCWV and related forums aimed at contributing to sustainable development are scheduled between 10th and 20th May 2024.

The Spokesperson of VCWC, Régis Isheja has explained that the tournament is being organized for the first time.

He disclosed that teams from eight regions across the world will participate in the tournament.

Africa will be represented by three teams from (West and Central Africa, East and South Africa, North Africa and Middle East), Europe will have two teams from (North and West Europe, East and South Europe) while Americas will be represented by teams from (South America and North America). They will be joined by others from Asia and addition Oceania.

Of the announced captains, Jimmy Gatete will be leading football legends from South and Central Africa.

Siewe Fred, the President of International Federation of Veteran Football (FIFVE) and Chairman of VCWC thanked students who attended the event.

He equally commended veterans for their participation in preparations for the VCWC.

Cameroonian Geremi Sorele Njitap Fotso extolled organizers of the event noting that it is an opportunity to share experiences.

He urged the youth to prepare their future instead of leaning to shortcuts if they are to become successful.

From 12th to 14th October 2022, football veterans were in Kigali for ‘LEGENDS IN RWANDA NATIONAL KICKOFF". The latter is a promotional tour that seeks to promote the 2024 Veteran Clubs World Championship to attract global participation.

Legends who met in Kigali were Rwandan Jimmy Gatete; Cameroonians Roger Milla and Patrick Mboma; Senegalese Khalilou Fadiga; Ghanaian Anthony Baffoe as well as French nationals Lilian Thuram and Laura Georges.

The promotional tour was later taken to Doha, Qatar during the 2022 World Cup.

VCWC is the largest sporting event ever bringing together veterans. The tournament will bring together 150 football legends facing off in 20 games.

The country also expects to benefit from the tournament through forums and numerous partner events that will bring in over 5000 international visitors.