Soccer Aid: 'Months of hell' that motivated Olly Murs in #UNICEF football ...

SOCCER AID 2020 will see former footballers and celebrities battle it out to fundraise for UNICEF. Olly Murs, who will play as part of England's team at Old Trafford today, revealed the heartbreaking motivation behind participating in the competition in unearthed accounts.

PUBLISHED: 17:21, Sun, Sep 6, 2020 | UPDATED: 17:21, Sun, Sep 6, 2020

The England and Rest of the World line-ups have been announced ahead of the annual football clash, Soccer Aid, which will air on ITV1 today (Sept 6) at 6.30PM. Returning star Olly Murs will join James Bay, Lee Mack, Joe Wicks and a roster of other celebrities and sports stars, in aid of UNICEF.  Singer-turned-TV-presenter, Murs previously captained the England squad and previously hit the headlines when Rest of the World manager Jose Mourinho tackled him in 2014. In a resurfaced interview, the ‘Britain's Got Talent’ host, 36, admitted the reason behind his decision to play.


The lifelong- fan revealed that two teenagers, Vincent and Veronica, who he met in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, motivated his annual appearance. 

As part of a promo for the event, he was taken to Acakoro Football Academy, run by UNICEF, which in addition to helping through sports gives aid to seven to 18 year olds through education, food and clothing. 

Vincent took him to a rubbish tip where they were forced to scavenge for food and found discarded metals, plastic and other objects to sell pennies.

The 2018 trip was the first time he had returned to the area that they used to live in – which Murs described as “awful, disgusting and truly shocking”.

He said: “The smell, the sight, the noise hits you first, like nothing you’ve ever experienced. But then comes the ­realisation that this is ‘home’ to thousands of vulnerable children.

“What upset me more than anything was hearing that Vincent was just seven years old when he ran away from home to fend for himself at the dump.

“He didn’t have a choice – his mum had other younger children and she couldn’t feed him. But he was seven – the same age as my nephew, Louie.

OLLY MURS SOCCER 2020 AID FOOTBALL TV ITV ENGLANDOlly Murs news: Singer revealed the heartbreaking motivation behind is Soccer Aid participation (Image: GETTY)

OLLY MURS SOCCER 2020 AID FOOTBALL TV ITV ENGLANDSoccer Aid 2020: Olly Murs will play alongside James Bay, Lee Mack and others in ITV football clash (Image: GETTY)

“That really hit home – imagining Louie out there all alone in that dreadful place.” 

Murs described their traumatic experience as several “months of

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