Cameroon superstar Samuel Eto’o and FIFA Chief Medical Officer Prof Jiri Dvorak arrived in Ghana on Monday night to help promote the FIFA "11 for Health" programme today.

Samuel Eto’o arriving in Ghana on Monday night in a Ghanaian smock

Cameroon superstar Samuel Eto’o and FIFA Chief Medical Officer Prof Jiri Dvorak arrived in Ghana on Monday night to help promote the FIFA “11 for Health” programme today.

The former Barcelona star player immediately caught the attention with his distinct northern Ghanaian dress

The FIFA Medical chief and the “11 for health” ambassador will visit the Kotobabi “3” JHS and Alajo “3” JHS on Tuesday November 3 at 9:00am to film the “11 for health” sessions 5 and 6 respectively.

Prof Jiri Dvorak and Eto’o will then hold a meeting with the GFA President and the Executive Committee at 12 noon.

Officials of the FIFA Medical and Research Centre (F-MARC), GFA officials and other officials will address the media at a Press Conference which will be held at the Media Centre of the Accra Sports Stadium at 2:00pm.

The FIFA delegation will then pay courtesy calls on the Ministers of Health, Education and the Minister of Youth & Sports.

Ghana was selected as the first country in the world for the fourth leg of the ‘Fifa 11 for Health’ programme that trains kids in school to avoid health problems through various football drills.

Known for his philanthropic and humanitarian work, Eto’o will use this opportunity to communicate health preservation messages to the school kids.

“Football is the pleasure of being together and a safe way to improve health. To stay fit you have to be disciplined and discipline is a great tool to educate young people about a healthier lifestyle,” Eto’o said.

The FIFA 11 for Health campaign uses football to help improve children’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviour towards vital health issues, has been a significant success in many African nations since being introduced ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

The programme embraces the power of football and scientific research to inspire a healthier world and better health among young people, so that they can live life to the full.

It provides guidance to help tackle the most frequent causes of diseases such as HIV/ AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, diabetes and obesity.

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