Celestine Babayaro is promising to perform his trademark celebratory backflip if he scores for Nigeria at Star Sixes – this summer – as long as he doesn’t break his foot again!
The former Chelsea and Newcastle defender is the latest star to be unveiled for the inaugural international six-a-side tournament, which will be held at London’s O2 Arena from July 13 to 16.
Babayaro was famous for his acrobatics until it was revealed he had broken a metatarsal, but he insists it will not stop him celebrating in style if he scores at the Dome this summer.
“If I score the odd goal at Star Sixes, the backflip could well be on again,” said Babayaro, who will again join forces with international team-mate Jay- Jay Okocha, plus other big names still to be announced, when they kick off at the tournament against China on Thursday, July 13.
“It was a bit of a misconception that I broke my leg doing it after scoring for Chelsea. I had actually fractured my fifth metatarsal on the training ground, not in the game. But it was a story that stuck.”
Babayaro has no problem with his fitness now, though, and can’t wait to play for his country again this summer.
As well as China, Nigeria also face group encounters with Italy and Brazil in the 12-team tournament that features a galaxy of stars from the world of football, all recently retired from the professional game.”
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