Edgar Davids Visits Uganda


Former Dutch football star Edgar Davids is in a country on a visit that aims at helping promote the sport. Davids is also part of a group of former Barcelona FC stars that will play a charity match against the Uganda National Team aimed at helping out on the construction of an international football academy in the country.

While addressing a press conference at the Sheraton Hotel, which officially launched the charity match where a Ugandan select side will play against the Barcelona legends on December 5, Davids said that
“We are delighted to promote and play this match but we are also coming to promote another project to help develop talent which is abundant in Uganda we are happy and honored that we can contribute to that process,”

The match will officially launch the RG Football Academy.

Davids was invited by the RG Football Academy, FUFA and the Uganda Tourism Board. The match is sponsored by President Museveni, KCCA, Nile Breweries, UTB, Sheraton, Crane Bank, FUFA, and UNICEF.

Some of the prominent Barcelona stars expected include Patrick Kluivert, Gaizka Mendieta, Carlos Puyol, Edgar Davids, Luis Garcia, Francesco Coco, Deco, Albert Luque and Rayco Garcia among others.

About Edgar Davids:

Edgar Steven Davids is a Surinamese-born Dutch former professional footballer. After beginning his career with Ajax, he subsequently played in Italy for Milan and Juventus before a loan spell with Barcelona. He went on to play for Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur before returning to Ajax.

He was capped 74 times by the Netherlands at international level, scoring six goals, and represented his country at the FIFA World Cup (once) and the UEFA European Football Championship (three times).

Davids was known for standing out on the football field for his dreadlocked hair and the protective goggles he wore due to glaucoma. A combative, energetic, and creative midfielder, Davids was nicknamed “the Pitbull” by Louis van Gaal because of his marking ability and his aggressive tackling. Throughout his career, Davids was renowned for his outstanding technique and ball skills, as well as his passing ability and vision.

He was also known for his pace, strength, power, stamina, tactical intelligence, versatility and tenacity, as well as his ability to read the game, which, along with his technical ability, allowed him to be deployed in several midfield positions, including as a left midfielder, or as a central, box-to-box, or defensive midfielder. He was one of the players chosen by Pelé to feature in the FIFA 100, his list of the world’s greatest living footballers.


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