Charity football match
Qatar is hosting a historic charity football match on February 23 as part of the inaugural 'Match for Hope' initiative. The event brings together some of the world's top content creators and football legends.
The inaugural Match for Hope will be held in Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, one of the Qatar World Cup 2022 stadiums. The match will see social media sensations Chunkz and AboFlah captain each side.
The two captains will lead teams made up of both famous content creators and World Cup legends for a showdown match in the 45,000-capacity stadium which hosted seven matches during Qatar World Cup 2022, and will host seven matches in the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023.
Match for Hope will be played to raise money and awareness for Education Above All (EAA) Foundation, a global non-profit organisation dedicated to transforming lives through education.
All proceeds from the match will be donated to EAA projects in Mali, Rwanda, Tanzania, Pakistan, Palestine, and Sudan.
The full line-up of players will be announced in the coming weeks by event organiser Q Life, a cultural platform under the State of Qatar's International Media Office (IMO). The event, organised in collaboration with Qatar Football Association (QFA), will also feature live music performances, with artists to be announced shortly.
Tickets go on sale from Ticketmaster and can be purchased by visiting www.match4hope.com.
Fans can also donate to the cause by clicking the 'Donate' button on the Match For Hope website.
The match will be live streamed in Arabic and English for fans to tune in around the world.
Speaking about the match, team captain Chunkz said:
"I can't wait to return to Qatar and captain a squad of good friends and football legends to raise money for children's education. We've partnered with Q Life and Education Above All to bring you Match for Hope and it's a privilege to help such an incredible cause and reach out-of-school children across the world."
Team captain AboFlah, 25, the MENA region's most followed content creator, said:
"What a privilege to captain such an all-star squad here in Doha! As a youngster myself, participating in Match For Hope means much more to me than just playing football. It's about bringing together creators like me and footballing legends from all over the world to raise funds for an important cause supporting children in need."
The Match for Hope initiative aims to build on the legacy of the first World Cup held in the Middle East and Arab world to promote peace and education through sports.