Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has been one of the best glovemen in the world and was a crucial part of CFC’s 2021 Champions League win. But recently, the Senagalese stopper was spotted training with kids from his home country at a beach. The 30-year-old had posted a video on his social media account about his training session with a caption that said, “Training with the next generation of champs ?.”
Days before his beach training session, Mendy with other key speakers were part of a panel at the World Economic Forum as they discussed the topic - Sports as a Unifying Force. He was joined on the panel by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, CAF representative Patrice Motsepe, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, legendary Brazil striker Ronaldo and San Diego Wave FC boss Jill Ellis.
“Football has impacted on social level in all countries around the world,” Mendy
The 30-year-old here addressed the importance of football in a continent like Africa where athletes are a ray of hope and inspiration as they bring people together. He said, “When you see African players, people like Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, who really play at the highest possible level, then we talk about the best world players, not just the best African players.”
“I think this is what we need to focus on. They are true examples, role models and give hope to young people, making them desire to work and exceed the limits to achieve one goal. This is how football has impacted on social level in all countries around the world. Football is a sport which brings together more people than at any given time than any other sport. It has the power to transmit and instil values in young people. They see us as an example, as role models,” added Mendy