Japan national team forward Honda Keisuke has this weekend visited Uganda as part of his role as a Global Advocate for Youth at the United Nations Foundation in a project aimed to address major challenges faced by young people around the world.
Accompanied by Ghanaian icon Sulley Muntari,together they held a succesful soccer clinic at Kataka Grounds in Kamwokya that was attended by a number of youth from various football academies across Kampala.
In his address to the youths in attendance, Honda shared his unique experience and encouraged them to work hard as he looks into the way of helping them to be successful in football.
“It has been a great time for me, I had never seen kids playing with joy like this. I am really happy.
“In this trip, I met a lot of people and l am thinking of what to do next. I have really liked the way kids play here. They have a lot of potential and if handled well they will play soccer that is why we want to give them the opportunity,”said Honda.
On his part,Muntari explained his role in youth development and challenged the youth to sacrifice their energies to education and training so that they can achieve much football.
“It has been fan with the kids, it’s like I am home. We are here to help the kids grow and play the game but it all starts with sacrifice and dedication in training and most of all going to school. Education is very vital so if someone has finished school then he can go train,”said Muntari.
Honda,31 years of age previously played at AC Milan in Italy together with Muntari who recently turned 33 and both are currently unattached after leaving Pscara and Milanese Club respectively.
They also serve as ambassadors for United Nation where they use that role in encouraging the youth to be involved in helping the third world countries achieve Dustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) by 2030.