Ex-Liverpool and Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland is expected in for Sunday’s Creamery Novelties Forty5 Charity Cup at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
He will line up for the Can Bou Play Foundation alongside former and present T&T footballers Kenwyne Jones, Yohance Marshall, Sean De Silva, Julius James, Ahkeela Mollon and Karyn Forbes against Deportivo Point Fortin.
The T&T Stars team will meanwhile include midfielder Kevin Molino, Jan-Michael Williams, Joevin Jones, Alvin Jones, Kimika Forbes and captain Hughtun Hector.
The Deportivo Point Fortin team will boast of players such as Weslie John, Justin Sadoo, Andrei Pacheco and Andre Toussaint, among many others.
Depotivo’s celebrity technical director and comedian Keevan “Keevo” Lewis believes his team has what it takes to take the title, saying he isn’t overly concerned with Can Bou Play generating the most buzz in the build-up.
“I have noticed that the popular vote goes to a certain team,” said Keevo. “If they think they ‘Canboulay’ Deportivo, they have thought wrong.”
He added, “I wish the other team the best as well. A very fitting name, as stars are what they shall be seeing all night. And no stars will align because we have a united Can Bou Play, so prepare for a beating my dear friends.” Lewis said.
Meanwhile, the brightest talents from the Secondary School’s Football League (SSFL) will also have a chance to play alongside their heroes if they are selected through an online voting competition to be drafted at the official NLCB Draft for the Charity Cup.
The top six voted SSFL players from a shortlist of 21 will be placed in a draft pool with two SSFL all-stars being allocated per team. Afterwards, the final spots on each roster will be filled by other specially invited players and celebrities on Thursday.
All proceeds from the event go towards the Can Bou Play Foundation’s social programmes in 2020, such as their Sport In Mind, Mental Health Programme and Mission Inclusion visits to special needs schools.