Michael Essien and Michael Ballack during
the latter?s testimonial match.


A star-studded contingent arrived in Accra on Friday evening from London to participate in the Michael Essien charity match dubbed Game of Hope.

The list includes former Germany international Michael Ballack who played his testimonial match on Wednesday in Leipzig, Germany.

French footballers Florent Malouda, Djibril Cisse and Pascal Chimbonda will be in the Ghanaian capital.

Former Ghana international Razak Pimpong was on board the flight from London to Accra.

Malouda told Accra-based Citi FM before their departure: ?I am really excited at this.

I still remember the first event three years ago and it was a huge success. Everybody is here and I cannot wait to be in Accra.?

The Game of Hope will be played at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.

Procceds from the match will be used to finance the activities of four orphanages in Ghana.



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