Samuel Eto’o to visit South Africa to help fight xenophobia

23 June 2009 | Uncategorized

Pretoria, South Africa – International soccer star, Samuel Eto’o is set to visit South Africa on Wednesday, 24 June to launch the collaboration between his Samuel Eto’o Foundation and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to combat xenophobia and racism in South Africa.

The Cameroon-born FC Barcelona player is expected to sign an agreement appointing him Youth Ambassador for the ONE Movement throughout the continent. He will hold a press conference, visit sites affected by xenophobia, and host a ONE Movement fundraising event at Club Inc in Johannesburg.
The public will be able to interact with the soccer icon, and win autographed jerseys and round tickets to watch him play live in Europe by smsing the word “ONE”  to ‘39708’. Smses cost R15. To increase the chance of winning, the public can buy tickets to a special fundraising gala party at Club Inc, 41 Juta Street, Braamfontein on Friday 26th. The gala will feature performers DJs Fistaz and TBo Touch, Gang of Instrumentals, and Wax. Tickets are available at Computicket.

The ONE movement is a social change campaign under the patronage of Archbishop Desmond Tutu aimed at promoting unity and human rights throughout South Africa and Africa. It was initiated by IOM as a response to the xenophobic violence that resulted in the death of 62 persons and the displacement of thousands in May last year. The public can find information about the campaign or make donations by visiting the website: www.1movement.co.za

With three consecutive African Player of the Year awards, double African Nations Cup and Champions League titles, as well as several League titles, Samuel Eto’o is arguably Africa’s most influential youth figure.  Recurrent verbal racist attacks in Europe where he plays have not impeded him from imposing himself as one of the world’s top scorers and most coveted soccer figures. He is recognized as a powerful voice against racism worldwide.

His visit to South Africa is his first humanitarian commitment since he made headlines with a spectacular goal that sealed Barcelona’s victory over Manchester United in the recent Champions League final in Rome.

Over the next few years, the Samuel Eto’o Foundation will partner with the ONE movement and stakeholders including IOM and other UN agencies, as well as media platforms such as SABC’s METRO FM to address xenophobia and racism through sport and dialogue in South Africa and Africa.

For more information, please contact: Nde Ndifonka, IOM Communication Officer on nndifonka@iom.int or 012 342 2789