Why Ronaldinho's visit to Kenya is timely

By The Standard: Friday, November 9th 2018 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Football
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Brazilian superstar Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, also known as “Ronaldinho Gaucho”, will be touring Kenya from tomorrow.

First stop will be Kisumu City, the cradle of Kenyan football. This is where many consider as home of football.

Kisumu should be held in high regard when it comes to footballing talent.

Ronaldinho’s visit, courtesy of Betika in partnership with Extreme Sports, organisers of Super 8 league, will definitely help inspire an immediate realisation that “Kisumu needs to wake up and get back to its good old days”.

Ronaldinho’s trip will inspire upcoming footballers from grassroots help Kenya realise its dream for playing in the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar.

The Brazilian star will help inspire the local government to embark on football infrastructure development while the local football body will have to rethink about building proper youth structures.

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Ronaldinho is expected to open a Betika Shop in Kisumu and also interact with local teams, players and coaches.

Ronaldinho, whose rise from youth football is in itself, a testimony that's likely to remind upcoming players that “When you have a ball at your feet, you are free. You are happy. It’s almost like you are listening to music. That feeling will make you want to spread joy to others”.

On Sunday, Ronaldinho will be the chief guest at the Super 8 Champions League finals at Camp Toyoyo grounds in Jericho, Nairobi,.

This is a grassroots football competition, which will be spearheaded by Extreme Sports Limited.

The Extreme Sports Operations Manager Athanas Obang’o, confirmed his visit to Kisumu and said they expect the visit to inspire many young footballers at the grassroots.

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