DOHA, Qatar, 01 February 2024: Qatar will host a historic charity football match later this month featuring some of the world’s biggest 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, on Friday, 23 February 2024. 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.
Match for Hope’s Official Partners are Visit Qatar and Qatar Airways.
Tickets go on sale through QFA ticketing website 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.”
Speaking about the match, 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.
Both Match For Hope captains are well-known for their charitable efforts and support of meaningful causes. Chunkz has been a star player in previous high-profile charity matches such as Soccer Aid and the Sidemen Charity Match, while AboFlah recently raised millions of dollars in support of refugees.
About Match for Hope
Match For Hope builds on the legacy of the World Cup Qatar 2022, using the power of football to raise funds to give disadvantaged people and communities hope for a better future. For the inaugural edition of the event, world-famous creators and legendary ex-professional footballers will compete in an 11-a-side showdown in the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Qatar on 23 February 2024. All the proceeds from the event will go to Education Above All (EAA) Foundation to raise awareness and support for the quality education of out-of-school children.
About Q Life
Q Life is a cultural platform under the State of Qatar’s International Media Office (IMO), dedicated to the people and ideas that are spurring advances in sports, the arts, business and culture in Qatar. With human development being at the centre of the Qatar National Vision 2030, Q Life continues to amplify the stories of those in Qatar creating a positive impact within their communities, both at home and abroad.
From one-on-one interviews with Qatar’s most creative minds, to uncovering the many unknown stories hidden around every corner, Q Life promises to educate global audiences on the ambitions flourishing across the country.
About Education Above All
The Education Above All (EAA) Foundation is a global foundation established in 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. EAA aims to transform lives through education. EAA believes that education is the single most effective means of reducing poverty, creating peaceful and just societies, unlocking the full potential of every child and youth, and creating the right conditions to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through their multi-sectoral approach, unique financing models, focus on innovation as a tool for social good, and partnerships, EAA aims to bring hope and real opportunities to the lives of impoverished and marginalized boys and girls.
EAA is comprised of: Educate A Child (EAC), Al Fakhoora (AF), Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC), Innovation Development (ID) and Together Project.