By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Nigeria on Friday were drawn in Group B of the inaugural Star Sixes Football tournament alongside Brazil, Italy and China, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The Star Sixes tournament according to the organisers will feature past football icons who represented their countries at major international tournaments.
Former Super Eagles captain Austin Okocha will captain a Nigeria team expected to include the likes of Nwankwo Kanu, Victor Ikpeba, Emmanuel Amuneke and Yakubu Aiyegbeni.
Aside from Nigeria, Completesportsnigeria.com reports that football powerhouses like Brazil, Spain, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Netherlands, France, England, Portugal, Australia including China will also compete in the inaugural 12-team event, which takes place at The O2, London from 13 to 16 July.
Legends Steven Gerrard, Carles Puyol, Michael Ballack, Deco and Robert Pires will also be among the many stars unleashed on the competitive stage once again.
The tournament official website starsixes.com quotes the Pitch International Managing Director Jonathan Rogers as he reveals the objectives and vision of the Star Sixes tournament.
“The long-term objective of Star Sixes is simple," the Pitch International Managing Director Jonathan Rogers told the tournament website. "We intend it to become ingrained within the global football calendar as the premier event for international greats.
“We envisage Star Sixes establishing its place in The O2 calendar in a similar way to the fantastic box office events such as the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and NBA Global Games London also hosted at the venue."
The Star Sixes Groups
Group A: England, Spain, Mexico, Scotland
Group B: Brazil, Italy, Nigeria, China
Group C: Germany, France, Portugal, Denmark