June 14th will be Cote d’ivoire day down at the Nagaragawa Stadium. With Japan playing the the African team in their opening World Cup game the following morning, it is a match made in heaven. But what kind of things will happen on this Cote d’Ivoire day?

Cote d’Ivoire PR booth

Manned by students from a local Junior High School, the booth with present information about the country through newspapers and an exhibition. The school itself has long had ties with Cote d’ivoire, and they have been garnering aid for the country, so they will be able to educate a few people on the day. Also, there will also be a donation box where people can donate footwear to the the country.

Looking at the exorbitant salaries of superstars like Didier Drogba & Yaya Toure, it is easy to miss the fact that Cote d’Ivoire is, compared to Japan, a poor country. In Cote d’Ivorie, life expectancy is just around 50 (in Japan it is 80),  50% of children under 5 are left in inadequate care, and a large number of the population, especially those in rural areas, live in poverty. Any donations will be worthwhile and appreciated.

Pre-game game

Before FC Gifu v Jubilo Iwata itself, there will be a game between Ginan JHS and team made up of people from Cote d’Ivoire living in Japan.

The Ball

The ball being used for this game will be the “Brazuca” – the one that is being used in the World Cup. Members from the Cote d’Ivoire Day group will pass the ball to the referee.

Hopefully it will be sunny, and that lots of people get the chance to learn a bit about Cote d’Ivoire…..before Japan beat them on Sunday morning!!