Local celebs to Clash with UWI Students in Football today

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The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, is ready to host its 2013 celebrity football match, which will feature several of Jamaica's top entertainers. According to Culture, Arts and Entertainment Chairperson (CAEC), Miguel Reid, this is the second staging of the now annual competition, and anticipation is high.

The match is to be staged today at the UWI Mona Bowl, starting at 5 p.m. It will see local entertainers, media personalities and public figures going up against members of the student body for bragging rights. The entertainers will want to avenge last year's loss to the student team.

The match is an appetiser for the annual Sagicor Champion's League, a football competition featuring the top blocks at UWI. Defending champions Attica Fraternity have won the competition for the past two years. Attica is already through to this year's finals where they will battle another Taylor Hall block, Roosters (Block C).

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Reid says sports and music make a good entertainment package.

"My intention is to provide diverse entertainment, and starting this competition is one such move. Sports is very dear to the hearts of Jamaicans, and football is one of the most loved sports, so what better way to entertain and add to the development of sports?" he said.

"Last year, we did it and it was a success. We got a good turnout. It was clean fun and persons have been asking for more, so here it is. This is one of the many climaxes for the school semester and we are looking for a strong showing from both patrons and participants on the day," Reid said.

The competition is sponsored by Sagicor. Celebrities expected to showcase their football talent at UWI Bowl today are Damion Crawford, Chino, Laden, Garrizon, Sizzla Kalonji, Demarco, Kalado, Black Ryno, Tanto Blacks, Creep and Nico from Chromatic, and the Twin of Twins, among others.

"Mi ready fi it this year. Last year wi deal wid it a way and this year wi a go harder," Patrick Gaynor of the Twin of Twins duo said. Captain for the celebrity football team will be Big Ship recording artiste Laden.

Music will be provided by Hypnosis, with DJ Jinx and DJ Moonshine.

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