Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Tuesday that a 'Game4Ukraine' charity match will be played at the Stamford Bridge in Chelsea. While Arsenal defender Oleksandr Zinchenko will captain a team, Ukraine's legendary striker, Andriy Shevchenko is named the captain for another side as the match will take place before the start of the 2023-24 Premier League season.
Zelensky announced on Tuesday that Game4Ukraine, a charity football match, will take place at Stamford Bridge on August 5 where Andriy Shevchenko and Oleksandr Zinchenko will captain a team each.
The charity match will raise money for the reconstruction of a school in Ukraine, Mykhailo-Kotsiubynsky Lyceum in Chernihiv Oblast, which was struck by missiles following Russia's invasion of the country. Zelensky took to his official Instagram handle and shared a picture with Ukraine's all-time top scorer and Zinchenko and wrote, "The ambassadors of the UNITED24 fundraising platform @u24.gov.ua, football stars Andriy Shevchenko and Oleksandr Zinchenko are initiating a charity match in support of Ukraine, Game4Ukraine, to be held on August 5 in London. Its goal is to raise funds to rebuild the Mykhailo-Kotsiubynskyi Lyceum in Chernihiv region, which was destroyed by the occupiers in March 2022."
He added, "I welcome Oleksandr Zinchenko to the UNITED24 team of ambassadors and support the Game4Ukraine initiative at Stamford Bridge Stadium. This is an opportunity for the global football community to unite, demonstrate its solidarity and help Ukraine, help our children return to school desks, and draw the attention of the entire world community to the war again."
On the charity match, Zinchenko said, "The charity game aims to raise funds for the reconstruction of the school, where children will have their graduation ceremony among the ruins. They need this school and, as a father, I feel and share the pain of every Ukrainian child. I am sure we will see many great players on the pitch, from Arsenal, Chelsea, and other top teams."