Promoter still hopeful to nab Ronaldinho for One Love football festival

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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The 37th staging of the Bob Marley One Love Football Festival hosted by the Masters and Celebrities in association with Digicel, is all set to get rolling today at the Harbour View Stadium.

Activities start at 5:30 pm.

Organiser Clive “Busy” Campbell declared the state of readiness for what is expected to be another entertaining staging, but said he is still awaiting confirmation from former Brazilian international and Barcelona star Ronaldinho, who has been invited to make an appearance.

“Things are great, as all is in place for tomorrow (today), the only setback I am having now is that the lady from the Brazilian Embassy told me that she is still waiting on him [Ronaldinho] to confirm. But the ticket is ready and waiting at JetBlue for him if he is coming. So I'm still keeping my fingers crossed,” Campbell told the Jamaica Observer.

The event, which will feature teams such as the Entertainers Invitational, Masters and Celebrities, Referees and Christian Ambassadors, will again see proceeds going to two or three basic schools to be announced.

Former Reggae Boyz stars Walter “Blacka” Boyd, Ian “Pepe” Goodison, Ricardo “Bibi” Gardner, and now Head Coach Theodore “Tappa” Whitmore are among those set to strut their stuff for football enthusiasts today.

Entertainers Chris Martin, Iba Mahr, Wayne Marshall, Lukie D, and Tony Curtis, as well as athlete Jermaine Gonzales, have also been confirmed.

This year's staging will honour musicians Lincoln “Half Pint” Roberts, Barrington Levy and Tony Tuff as well as Neville Malcolm from the Harbour View community.

Patrons will be charged an admission fee of $500 for adults, $100 for children, with those under 12 years old gaining free entrance.

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