Dutch football legend Edgar Davids in Kampala


Edgar Davids

Netherlands and Barca legend, Edgar Davids, is in the Ugandan capital Kampala.

His former Barcelona teammates, Patrick Kluivert and Luis Garcia were the first to come to Uganda.

Last month, a fundraising dinner graced by Luis Garcia raised Shs 27.6m in a cause supported by President Museveni, Uganda Tourism Board, the Insurance Company of East Africa, KCCA, Sheraton Hotel and Nile Breweries.

Kluivert and Garcia will return in December to feature in an exhibition match between Barcelona Legends and the Uganda Cranes.

Davids, on the other hand, is Uganda to engage in the establishment of a soccer academy under the Rayco Garcia Foundation. 

The star set foot in Kampala last night from Dubai.

He will launch the Uganda Cranes-Barcelona match and the Rayco Garcia Football Academy as part of the activities in his two-day visit.

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.

Having struggled with injuries for two years, Davids returned to competitive football during a brief spell with Crystal Palace before retiring at the age of 37.

In 2012, he was appointed player-manager at English League Two club Barnet.

He resigned by mutual agreement as manager in January 2014.

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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