Nigerian football legends Kanu Nwankwo and Austin Jay-Jay Okocha alongside entertainment celebrities Ay Makun, Peter Okoye, Osita Iheme, and Yomi Casual were amongst the guests of Camerounian legend Samuel Eto’o who were caught up in Turkey when the recent unsuccessful coup d’etat took place last Saturday but all were safe and sound and escaped unhurt from Turkey.
The event was planned to be two pronged: a gala dinner on Friday night and the charity game the following day. The Gala dinner began well and Eto’o spoke about the great work his foundation had achieved over the last 10 years.
But then the evening took an unexpected turn for the worse, when news started to filter in that a military coup was underway in Istanbul. As you would expect the Gala emptied as people rushed for more information and waited for the dramatic scenes to unfold.
Eto’o took to Instagram to reveal the match was cancelled, writing: ‘Dear all, I am sorry to announce that for security reasons, Eto’o Charity Match, that was supposed to take place today [Saturday] at 8pm at Antalya Arena, is postponed until further notice. I thank each and everyone of you for your continuous support and count on your understanding. #Love.’
The venue was Antalya where Eto’o, 35, currently plays for Antalyaspor and had spent months organising the match to mark the 10th anniversary of his Foundation.The tourist resort is 400 miles to the south of Istanbul, and security at hotels was tightened up considerably to help protect the stars.