Jordin in World Cup opening

FOOTBALL for Friendship has announced that 12-year-old Bahamian football player Jordin Wilson will participate in the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup in Moscow, Russia, scheduled to be broadcast live to 3.2 billion persons globally at 10:30am EST on Thursday, May 14.

Wilson will be carrying the Bahamian flag during the ceremony, as the youth representative of The Bahamas, alongside children from around the globe.

Wilson and the Bahamian F4F delegation have been in Moscow since June 9, participating in the global Football for Friendship event. Football for Friendship promotes youth football globally and emphasizes tolerance and friendship among children from different countries.

Participants have had the opportunity to discuss among their peers the key values of the programme such as friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, tradition and honour.

Wilson was selected to attend F4F by the Bahamas Football Association (BFA), the governing body for soccer in the Bahamas, as one of two young Bahamian football players to represent the island nation. He has been an active football player since he was five years of age and is currently an active member of the Western Warriors Football Club, where he is coached by Paul James.

The Western Warriors Football Club, founded in 2007 by Michael Hooper and Saskia D'Aguilar, have three teams in the BFA Youth League, including a boys' under-15 team, a boys' under-17 team, a girls' under-17 team and a men's team in the BFA Senior League. He is the son of John and Simone Wilson and has one brother, Jostin.