Sports Minister unveils bust of Desailly

marcelRETIRED Ghanaian born French football star, Marcel Odenkey Desailly was honoured with the unveiling of a bronze sculptured image of himself at his state of the art Lizzy Sports Complex last Friday.

The honour was in recognition of the former French captain’s brilliance on the field of play as well as his influence on the lives of children through his numerous charity works.

Unveiling the statue, Minister of Youth and Sports Mahama Ayariga noted that the life-time achievements of the former France star was one that is worth celebrating as a nation.

He added that his state of the art Lizzy Sports Complex, provides the quality facilities needed for the next generation of Ghanaian kids to also aspire to achieve greatness as he did during his playing days.

According to him, whereas others have kept their road to success as a secret from the rest of the world, he Desailly has done the opposite.

He has started by opening his arms to all to come and not only learn the rudiments towards a successful future in the sport, but to also have guidance and counselling in other fields of endeavour.

While hailing the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador’s charity posture aimed at bringing peace to kids all over the world, Mr. Ayariga called on other stars to emulate his shinning example and also put up facilities to help the present generation of young talents to get to the highest level of their career.

Desailly, 46, who played a key role in the famous French team that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2000 European Championships, was beside himself with joy and thanked Image and Likeness, the organisers for the honour done him as well as the designer of the statue, Dr. Gerry Waldron.

He promised to use his strength and ambassadorial role through the power of football, to help promote and change lives around the world – especially amongst children.

Present at the ceremony were former Ghana Football Association Chairman, Alhaji MND Jawula, Black Stars Management Committee Chairman, George Afriyie and a host of former national team players.

By  Raymond Ackumey

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