Gala de la Rpublique: a football match between African and Nigerian legends to celebrate the 63 years of the Republic

As part of the activities marking the 63rd anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Niger, the Presidency organized this Friday, December 17 at the Seyni Kountch General Stadium in Niamey, a « Republic Gala ». On the bill, a match between the African legends of the round ball and a selection of icons that made the heyday of MENA, the national team of Niger (final score 4 3 in favor of African stars). The event, which was held in a packed stadium, despite the security and health situation of the country, is according to the initiators, a gift from President Bazoum Mohamed to the Nigerien youth in order to strengthen social cohesion and benefits as well as those of the concert of the Nigerian star Davido, will be intended for the families of soldiers fallen at the front in the framework of the fight against terrorism.

The « Gala de la Rpublique » took place in a Seyni Kountch General Stadium, which refused to be crowded, kicked off by the President of the Republic Mohamed Bazoum, who was accompanied for the occasion. by the First Lady Hadiza Bazoum, the President of the National Assembly Seini Oumarou, the High Representative of the President of the Republic Foumakoye Gado as well as national deputies, members of the government and several distinguished guests.

In a match where the final score was not really one at stake, the former legends of African football took over the selection of the former executives of the Niger national team by the score of 4 goals 3.

Despite the health risks in this re of the Covid-19 pandemic and the security situation of the country which did not really take the feast, it must be admitted, the public made the trip to certainly see the African and Nigerian legends who responded to this event which is according to the organizers of the event, « an initiative of the Head of State to strengthen peace and social cohesion in Niger on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of the Fte de la République ».

The range of stars who have been present in Niamey for a few days are well prepared for the game and Nigerian football fans have, many for the first time, seen the work of stars like Patrick M’Boma, Khalilou Fadiga, Diomansy Camara, Hassane Hamidou, Abdoulaye Halidou, Zakari Andr, Karim Hagui, Moussa Yahaya, Daniel Amokachi or take selfies with Elhaj Diouf, Jay Jay Okocha, Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor, Kalusha Bwayla and many other African legends who have marked their talents, the African football and beyond.

The « Republic Gala » was closed with a giant musical concert with special guest, the Nigerian mga star Davido. According to the organizers, all the profits collected will go to the families of the soldiers who fell on the front lines as part of the fight against terrorism. The day before, in the presence of African legends, the First Lady’s Noor Foundation organized in a palace in the capital, a fundraising gala dinner for the same purposes.

Niger is celebrating this Saturday, December 18, 2021, the 63rd anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic and commemorative festivities, in particular a civil and military parade, are planned in Diffa, 1300km south-east of Niamey, a region which has been ravaged for several years by the attacks of the terrorist sect Boko Haram and its various factions.

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