When holidays rhyme with homecoming for African footballers

Far from the beaches of the Bahamas, Ibiza, or the splendour of Dubai, many African internationals have chosen to spend part of their holidays in their country. The opportunity for friendly and family reunions and investments in humanitarian projects.

Senegal captain Kalidou Koulibaly about to catch a plane. (Illustrative photo). Chelsea FC via Getty Images - Darren Walsh

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Childhood friends, rocky terrain, remote villages, charity actions, etc. Since the end of the 5th day of the CAN 2024 qualifiers and the official start of the holidays for African footballers, many of them have chosen a trip to the country. History to recharge your batteries and find yourself

In Cameroon, internationals Franck Zambo-Anguissa and André Onana walked the sandy and, in part, muddy terrain of the Biyem Assi district of Yaoundé. Anguissa, Italian champion, and Onana, finalist of the last Champions League, played a neighborhood meeting with friends. 200 km away, in Douala, in the Bependa district, Ignatius Ganago was present for the gala match in tribute to his daughter Chloé, who died last February.

Mbemba at the president's house

Napoli's Nigerian, Victor Osimhen, also enjoyed a game of football on the sandy pitch of his childhood. He juggled and darkened on an urban football pitch in Lagos and visited a school in his neighbourhood of Olusosun and the teacher who had convinced his father to let him play football.

I thank the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, His Excellency Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo for having done me the honor of presenting him with my trophy for the best African player in Ligue 1. Once again, I dedicate this trophy to all my people 🇨🇩 pic.twitter.com/otzRZBM7up

— chancel mbemba (@mbemba22) June 21, 2023

Chancel Mbemba had the honors of the President of the Republic of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi. The OM defender took the opportunity to present his Marc-Vivien Foé prize won a month ago. He was offered a diplomatic passport.

In Senegal, many players have the chance to see their holidays coincide with the Tabaski that they can celebrate with their loved ones, like Sadio Mané. The Bayern player has remained in Dakar and is not, for once, expected to go down to his native village of Bambali. The number 10 of Senegal visited a trilingual school (French, English, Arabic) in partnership with the municipality of Bambali.

Before signing for Saudi club Al Hilal, Kalidou Koulibaly made a jump to the village of Ngano (Matam) in eastern Senegal. It is in this locality that the captain of the Lions plans to build a health post soon.

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A baby named Andre Ayew

Some stallions from Burkina, such as Edmond Tapsoba, met in Bobo-Dioulasso to take part in the gala match organized by the Bertrand Traoré Foundation. The captain of the Stallions took the opportunity to distribute 500 bags of food to the women of Bobo Dioulasso.

Gala match also for some Black Stars who performed for the first time in history in Dormaa, in the Brong Ahafo region, delighting fans. So much so that the Dormaahene, the customary chief of the region, decided that the first boy who would be born in the maternity hospital of the city would bear the name of the captain of the Black Stars: André Ayew.

🎥 When Zambo Anguissa and Jean Onana raise the level in Biyem Assi. ⚡️🇨🇲 pic.twitter.com/7S2iK3R70O

— AllezLesLions (@AllezLesLions) June 21, 2023

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