Ricki Herbert is urging football supporters to get behind his former All Whites team-mate and skipper Steve Sumner who is fighting prostate cancer on a personal and public level.
Sumner, 61, is being treated for the disease but is helping promote a national awareness campaign to encourage men to get checked by their doctors for signs of prostate cancer.
“It’s an important cause and we should show our support for Steve,” Herbert said.
Over the weekend of August 27 and 28, New Zealand Football will dedicate every match played in the country to Sumner as a way of showing football’s gratitude for his commitment to the game.
Clubs, players and supporters are being urged to show their support for Sumner – using the social media tag #playitforsteve – and to help promote the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Blue September awareness campaign.
During the #playitforsteve weekend, Canterbury football officials will unveil The Steve Sumner Stand at Christchurch’s English Park, in recognition of the player who captained New Zealand to their first FIFA World Cup Finals in 1982.
Ricki Herbert was one of the youngest members of that 1982 All Whites squad.