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Dwight Yorke and Ian Wright launch Tobago Football Legends 2015

Trinidad and Tobago is gearing up to play host to 64 of the most famous footballers to grace the English Premier League in a new tournament scheduled for this year.

Tobago’s own Premier League legend and former Manchester United star Dwight Yorke heads the list for the British Airways Tobago Football Legends Challenge, that also includes former Chelsea teammates and top club managers Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet.

Ex-England winger Darren Anderton, will be joined by his former England teammate Ugo Ehiogu, former France and Manchester United star Louis Saha, Dutch international Pierre Van Hooijdonk and ex- Portugal and Arsenal player Luis Boa Morte.

The Football Legends Challenge is set to kick off from June 15 - 22.

It will see teams representing top UK clubs such as Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Aston Villa Liverpool and Manchester United face off against each other alongside the PFA and Caribbean All Stars select teams.

Top TV broadcaster Sky Sports will also air a 90-minute documentary on the event.

“Already things are coming together for an exceptional event,” said Tracy Davidson-Celestine, secretary for Tourism and Transportation.

“Big names are supporting this world-class sports event that forms part of our strategy to raise the destination’s profile in key markets and position Tobago as a healthy, active and beautiful jewel among Caribbean Islands.”

To ensure a lasting legacy from the tournament, the football legends have agreed to participate in a major community outreach programme, which will see them travelling across the island.

Schools, clubs and academies will benefit from clinics, courses, kit and equipment donations. And the best young players in Tobago will also get a chance to try out in front of their heroes as the search for Tobago’s next football star continues.