Colombian Soccer Great Challenges Rebels to Peace Match
Colombia loves soccer, including members of the Marxist-Lenin revolutionary guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC). In order to bring peace to the country, Colombian soccer great Carlos Valderrama has proposed a "match for peace."
Valderrama, a former Colombia team captain also known for his golden Afro hairdo, has joined a state programme to support victims of the armed conflict.
In an open letter, the left-wing rebels said they were happy to play matches that helped foster reconciliation.
In their open letter, they suggest Valderrama should call on other Colombian legends, such as goalkeeper Renee Higuita – famed for his extravagant saves and scorpion kick.
Valderrama played for his country on 111 occasions and starred in the 1998 World Cup in France. He has also been given a Golden Foot award in Monte Carlo.
FARC members are in Cuba for peace talks, and the first match will take place in the Communist country. He never showed an interest in politics, but the ruling party declared Valderrama a candidate for the Senate. He was forced to step out and deny the claim.
FARC and the government are working on the group's six-point agenda. They recently agreed on land reform and the group's political future. Next are drugs and drug trafficking.