Keisuke Honda Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO
[/media-credit] Japan and AC Milan star footballer Keisuke Honda Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

Japan and AC Milan star footballer Keisuke Honda has a bold master plan to develop Uganda’s football for the better.

The 31-year-old versatile player, on a working visit to Uganda arrived on Friday afternoon.

Honda was accompanied by his personal manager, Yasunori Kanda and Gloria Roh, a Communications Associate at the United Nations Foundation.

[/media-credit] Gloria Roh, a Communications Associate at United Nations Foundation and Keisuke Honda Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

Upon arrival at the lake side Entebbe International Airport, he flashed his traditional smile as he was ushered in at the VIP section, accompanied by local and foreign journalists.

He later addressed a full packed media briefing at Serena International Conference Hall in Kampala.

A relaxed Honda hinted on plans to help develop Uganda’s football for the better through his company, Honda Estilo.

I want to give opportunities to all children all over the world to have a dream.

I want to establish a soccer school in Uganda.

But first, I want to get a professional football club to work with in Uganda. I will support Uganda’s football because I want to see Uganda play at the World Cup.

Honda also condemned the racism vice which has been detrimental in seeing the game of football grow in the whole world.

L-R: Sulley Muntari, Gloria Roh and Keisuke Honda at Serena Conference Hall Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

The press conference was also attended by Honda’s personal friend and former AC Milan teammate, Sulley Ali Muntari, a Ghanaian left footed talented footballer.

Muntari also joined Honda’s condemnation against racism.

To get rid of racism, we have to front education.

There is need to educate people right about the dangers of racism.

[/media-credit] Ghana Black Stars star player Sulley Muntari Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

Muntari hailed the special work ethic of Honda and the high level of professionalism which many youngsters should emulate.

When we were together at AC Milan, Honda trained 4 times a day. He had a personal physio. He was already a star but had a different level of professionalism.

He does not talk a lot. He is one player who gave others hope.

To don the number 10 jersey at a club like AC Milan, you have to be special.

Honda is a special player and many young players should copy him.

Honda will play football on Saturday with young players on a dusty and barren Kamwokya playground, suburb of the capital city, Kampala.

He is a UN Global Advocate for Youth across the world.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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