Schmeichel to captain likes of Batistuta in Abu Dhabi

Sport360 staff 22:01 15/01/2017
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Schmeichal will lead a star-studded team.

Schmeichel will be joined by his former Manchester United team-mate Dwight Yorke, as well as other footballing greats Ruud Gullit, Ronald de Boer, Roberto di Matteo, Gabriel Batistuta, Hasan Salihamidzic and Liam Brady.

The event takes place at Yas Links from January 28-29, 2017.

Schmeichel’s team will be bolstered further by more big-name competitors from cricket, rugby union, Olympic sports and the world of entertainment who will be announced in the coming days.

This year’s event will comprise an Amateur Championship on Saturday 28 January with invited sponsor and stakeholder guests, before the main Invitational on Sunday 29 January. Both days are open to the public.

The format for the Sunday Invitational will see 20 professionals and 20 celebrities paired with a VIP guest as the teams compete against each other in a Ryder Cup Fourball format.

Schmeichel said: “It is an honour to be captaining the Celebrity team at this year’s Abu Dhabi Invitational and, with the line-up we have, I know we can give the Pros a serious challenge.

“It is a prestigious event at a wonderful course and I am looking forward to it enormously. I know we will have a lot of fun and raise important funds for charity too.”

The Abu Dhabi Invitational is free to attend for spectators. Doors open at 7am on 28th January.

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