The women’s football teams of Sporting and Benfica will play a solidarity game on March 30 in Lisbon, whose revenue will turn out in favor of the victims of the cyclone Idai in Mozambique.
The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) announced the meeting on the official website, noting that the challenge will be played at the Estádio do Restelo at 16:00, with tickets having a unit cost of 2.5 euros, with “all net revenue going back to the aid to Mozambique, which is facing a catastrophe that saddens everyone”.
“It is with a feeling of great consternation and, on the other hand, of great gratitude that the FPF announces the holding of a solidarity game … whose net proceeds will totally revert to aid to the Mozambican people and the victims of the terrible tragedy that occurred in the city of Beira, “said the president of the federation, Fernando Gomes.
The match will be organized by the FPF and the Vicente Lucas Trophy, Portuguese international, born in Mozambique, an essential name of the history of the Belenenses and one of the ‘magriços’ of 1966, will be in play, said the federation.
The provisional balance of Cyclone Idai is 557 dead, of which 242 are in Mozambique, 259 in Zimbabwe and 56 in Malawi.
The cyclone affected at least 2.8 million people in the three African countries and the submerged area in Mozambique is about 1,300 square kilometers, according to estimates by international organizations.
The city of Beira, in the coastal center of Mozambique, was one of the hardest hit by the cyclone on the night of March 14, and the UN warned that 400,000 displaced people need urgent help valued at more than 40 million dollars EUR 35 million).