Feyenoord return from their Gran Canaria training camp for a kid’s day out at De Kuip Sunday. This year’s annual Unicef Benefit clash pits the Rotterdammers against city neighbours Excelsior in what’s always a fantastic family occasion, as members of the Feyenoord youth and kid’s fan clubs are admitted free. The match traditionally combines fun with funds, as all proceeds go to the United Nations Children’s Fund. Last year’s takings financed an HIV/AIDS education programme and a water project, both in Ghana.

The HIV/AIDS education programme is an initiative of the Feyenoord
Fetteh Football Academy in Ghana, whose students are trained to teach
their peers about how to combat a disease that is destroying
generations of human beings on the African continent.

The second project is located in the north of the country, where Unicef
has repaired 60 wells, providing clean water to thousands of people in
the region.

The match is an important fundraiser for Unicef, but it’s also an
important sporting test for Feyenoord a week ahead of the resumption of
Eredivisie hostilities. Ruud Gullit will be hoping to see more of the
same after the 4-1 win against Rosenborg in the Maspalomas Cup and he
is likely to let the same side start against Rotterdam neighbours

So after being left out towards the end of the first half of the
campaign, Gábor Babos should be back between the sticks, while further
up field the rejuvenated Sebastián Pardo looks like he’s in line for a
run in the team. Newcomer Edwin de Graaf also looks good for a starting
place, with Romeo Castelen staring at a place on the bench.

At the back, Saidi is set to partner up with American trialist Cory
Gibbs, with Gianni Zuiverloon and Pascal Bosschaart at right back and
left back respectively. The attack will be formed by Lazovic and Kalou,
with ten-million-euro man Dirk Kuyt just behind them.

Feyenoord – Excelsior
Sunday 16 January 2005
2:30 pm
De Kuip

Referee: Koopman

Feyenoord (probable): Babos; Zuiverloon, Saidi, Gibbs, Bosschaart; De
Graaf, Pardo, Kuyt, Goor, Lazovic, Kalou.

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