Nigerian Football Legend Jay Jay Okocha was among a select few Footballing greats who were chosen to unveil the FIFA Confederations Cup Park in Kazan
Jay Jay Okocha, a member of the victorious 1994 African Cup of Nations squad and champion of the 1996 Olympics arrived in Kazan to snip the ribbon at the opening ceremony in the company of Brazillian football great and 2002 World Cup champion Ronaldinho
The FIFA Confederations Cup Park set up camp in a popular recreational spot in the capital, the Muzeon Park of Arts, allowing locals to enjoy many different activities, including chatting with football stars, taking part in fun football competitions, getting photos of the FIFA Confederations Cup Winner’s Trophy, and meeting the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™’s Official Mascot, Zabivaka™.
France and Chelsea Legend Marcel Desaily who captained his country to two triumphs at the competition, was given the honour of bringing the Trophy out onto the main stage.
The players toured the Kazan Arena which will stage Confederations Cup and World Cup matches, with Okocha and Ronaldinho showing off their footballing skills to the delirious crowd.
Former captain of Russia’s football team Alexei Smertin, an ambassador to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, joined Ronaldinho and Okocha in the opening ceremony
Nigeria’s former attacking midfielder Jay Jay Okocha and Ronaldinho were the highlights of the event with children and adults alike lining up to take selfies and sign autographs with the stars
The opening of the parks are in preparation for the The FIFA Confederations Cup, which is also seen as a dress rehearsal for the FIFA World Cup which comes up a year after.
It will be held between June 17 and July 2 at four stadiums in Russia
Participants in the 2017 Confederations Cup are hosts Russia, 2014 FIFA World Cup Champions Germany, 2015 Copa America Champions Chile, 2015 AFC Asian Cup Champion Australia, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico, 2016 UEFA Euro Cup champs Portugal, OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) Nations Cup victors New Zealand and 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Champion Cameroon.