• Coaches across Continents on the SCORE4africa Awards Short List 2009

    Didier Drogba at the SCORE4Africa Awards 2008

    November 27th, 2009.

    Coaches across Continents has been short listed for the prestigious SCORE4Africa Awards in London.  We will be represented at the Awards Ceremony by Andy Old, who will be leading our programs in Kenya in 2010.

    Michael Essien, Didier Drogba, Craig Bellamy and Nwankwo Kanu are among the Premier League footballers shortlisted for the 2nd SCORE4africa Awards at the Sheraton Park Lane, on 30th November 2009.

    Hosted by actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah, the prestigious awards ceremony is the leading event celebrating the power of football to transform lives.

    Didier Drogba, a winner last year, and a contender for this year’s health award, recently astonished the public by committing the £3 million he received from a Pepsi endorsement deal to building a hospital and orphanage in his country, Cote D’Ivore.

    Drogba is also up against Michael Essien and Nwankwo Kanu for the People’s Choice Award. Craig Bellamy is another who has been shortlisted a number of times in the Education and Foundation category for his football league in Sierra Leone.

    Other organisations such as Kick it Out and Coaches across Continents, using football for development are also in contention for the SCORE4africa Award categories which include Peace, Health, Youth, People’s Choice, Green, Education, foundation, Diversity, Mentoring, Partnership and Lifetime Achievement.

    The lucky winners will receive their awards in front of a star studded audience of celebrities, politicians and business people, including Carlton Cole, Salomon Kalou, Aaron Mokoena, Kolo Toure, Mamady Sidibe, Aaron Mokoena, Aruna Dindane, Dickson Etuhu, Diomansy Kamara and the FA Chairman, Lord Triesman.

    ‘It’s a very exciting short list, reflecting the high profile individuals and grassroots organisations making a difference through football.  Didier Drogba’s £3 million contribution this year and Craig Bellamy’s donation of £500,000 have obviously set a new bar,’ said Onyekachi Wambu, one of the event’s organisers.

    Co-event organiser, Ayo Alli added: ‘The strength of the shortlist reflects the growing importance to development in Africa and is a challenge to the entire football world to do more.’

    Judges for the awards include Marcel Desailly, Nancy Dell’Olio, Lord Newby, Nada Hook from the FA, Brian Oliver, Sports Editor of The Observer, Farayi Mungazi from BBC World Service Africa, and Gibril Faal, Chair of charity, AFFORD.

    For further information please go to score4africa.org.

    Or contact: Onyekachi Wambu / Tel: 020 7582 3578

    Ayo Alli – / 07967818775

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