Harmony and friendly vengeance the goal of All Stars match
SIERRA LEONE refugee and proud Lismore resident Adeyemi Johnson, believes that if soccer can bring the world together, then surely it can break down any cultural or bureaucratic boundaries between Council and the African community.
The Sierra Leone refugee will take part in the annual African All Stars vs Lismore City Council Legends football clash which for the first time this year forms part of a broader African Cultural Festival before the match.
Mr Johnson, as adroit on the scrabble board as the soccer field, said he was looking forward to settling the score after losing to the Council team for the previous two years.
The team captain promised, "We can't sit down and let that happen again."
"I believe we have the strategies in place to destroy the Council defence.
Our game plan is all out attack," Mr Johnson said.
Council on the other hand is keeping its cards closer to its chest regarding strategy; however LCC general manager Gary Murphy revealed that the Council team would rely heavily on interchanges -- his reasons twofold.
"We'll keep them dizzy and not get used to any player's moves. It also gives us time to rest, as some of us aren't all that fit," he laughed.
A partnership between Council, the African community, YWCA NSW in Goonellabah and Youth Connections North Coast, the broader festival will include children's games, a fashion parade, African food, live music, information stalls and display of a recent youth art project.
"We will have players from the Sudan, the Congo and Sierra Leone - and now we will also have community members showcasing the beautiful, colourful fashions of those regions and the many delicious foods," the council's community services co-ordinator Annie McWilliam said.
This football match has always been a very social and fun event and to include an African Cultural Festival gives it even broader appeal for the community.
We really hope to build it into a bigger community event.