Kluivert and Davids assist in Zim soccer initiative

Barcelona legend Patrick Kluivert and former Holland teammate Edgar Davids are in Zimbabwe to reportedly get involved with the nation’s community sport and recreation club programme.

The pair jetted in last Thursday and and are expected to meet with Sport and Recreation minister Makhosini Hlongwane, as well as President Robert Mugabe. The initiative’s aim is to establish 8 000 soccer clubs across the country.

In addition, the two former European superstars are said to want to set up a football foundation similar to one they put in place in Uganda. Nonetheless, Kluivert expressed his delight at being in Zimbabwe.

The striker told Newsday, “It feels good to be here, to be here with my brothers. They told me that a lot of Zimbabwean people followed me when I was playing for Barcelona and other teams and I’m very happy with that. I’m very happy to be with these people.”

During his playing days, the 41-year-old scored 120 goals in 250 appearances for Barca as well as 40 for the Netherlands. Meanwhile, retired defensive midfielder Davids enjoyed the majority of his success with Ajax Amsterdam and Juventus.

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