Juventus and UNESCO attended an event in Mali’s capital, Bamako, at which their contributions towards improving the lives of former child soldiers and vulnerable youngsters in the region were hailed by local authorities.
Representatives from United Agencies groups, government ministers, cultural and sports organisations and media companies were all present on the 150-person guest list, with David Trezeguet and Eric Falt doing the honours for Juventus and UNESCO.
During the course of the evening the Juventus Legends president had the opportunity to meet up with a fellow goalscoring sensation, Salif Keita, whose career highlight came during a five-year spell at Saint Etienne, with whom he struck 135 goals in 167 matches and lifted three league titles in the process.
Winning his first international cap at the tender age of 15, Keita is regarded as somewhat of a pioneer in African football and continued this trend even after his retirement by setting up the country’s first-ever professional football training center in 1994.
The next stop of Trezeguet’s adventure in Africa was a visit to the AS Real Bamako academy, the club which provided the platform for Keita to launch his glittering career in professional football.