West Ham United eSports advanced to the second of Leyton Orient FC’s charity tournament, ‘Ultimate Quaran-team’, with a 2-0 win over AFC Wimbledon on Sunday evening.
Season ticket-holder, eSports player and lifelong fan Jamie ‘Jamboo’ Rigden took on 20-year-old Dons defender Paul Kalambayi at the virtual Kingsmeadow, with goals in either half from Declan Rice and Albian Ajeti enough to see him through to the next stage.
The ‘Ultimate Quaran-team’ tournament, formed by Leyton Orient FC, aims to raise vital funding for EFL clubs set to face financial struggles during this time of fixture postponement; the EFL’s chosen charity mental health charity called MIND; and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fundraiser by WHO. Visit the designated JustGiving page to make a donation.
The competition was kicked off by the O’s social media team last week and, after going viral and attracting entrants from 64 professional football clubs based all over the world, doubled its capacity to 128 teams.
The initiative was borne out of a desire to bring clubs together and put a smile on fans’ faces, during a time of unprecedented measures in modern football.
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