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By Amaechi Agbo
As the 2021/2022 football calendar season ends in May, several global football stars have embarked on vacations to different continents and nations to flex their muscles and get a feel for new climates, environments and cultures.
However, while some of these soccer superstars have chosen many African countries for their vacation destination, Nigeria has been left behind.
Best Choice Sports understands that players such as Manchester United star Paul Pogba are currently on holiday in his African home of Guinea, AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho is in Tanzania, as is Mbappe, N’ Golo Kante, Riyad Mahrez, Camavinga, Dembele, Slimani, Bennacer and Benrahma spend their holidays in Morocco.
Manchester United star Paul Labile Pogba was greeted as a hero when he arrived in his native Guinea on Tuesday.
Pogba, 29, was born in Lagny-sur-Marne, Seine-et-Marne, France to Guinean parents. He is Muslim.
He has two older twin brothers – Florentin and Mathias – born in Guinea, who are also footballers and play for the Guinean national team.
Florentin is currently playing as a defender for FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, while Mathias plays as a striker for ASM Belfort. Growing up, Pogba was an Arsenal fan
In 2018, he helped France win the FIFA World Cup in Russia after defeating Croatia in the final.
A former Chelsea manager, Mourinho arrived in Tanzania for his holidays and was pictured interacting with the local people of this country, sharing bonds and culture.
Mourinho, a Portuguese, maintained a lasting affinity with Africans as he constantly recruited Africans into his squads.
He recruited Jonn Obi Mikel, (Nigeria) Michael Essien (Ghana) and Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) for Chelsea, Eric Baily of Ivory Coast for Manchester United as well as Tammy Abraham for AS Roma, among others.
PSG star Kylian Mbappe, Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez as well as Camavinga, Dembele, Slimani, Bennacer and Benrahma are spending their holidays in Morocco.
Chelsea and German striker, Kai Havertz, are spending their holidays in South Africa, as are Barcelona striker Memphis Depay and Quincy Promes spending some quality time in Ghana.
Samuel Umtiti and Aurélien Tchouaméni spend their holidays in Cameroon.
Inaki Williams, Nico Williams and Rhian Brewster are vacationing in Ghana. While Mauro Icardi also visited Kenya.
While the 2023 pre-season is expected to start in July, analysts say football superstars as well as global tourists would continue to avoid Nigeria, not because the country lacks a serene environment and beautiful places. for relaxation and sightseeing, but due to violence and insecurity. .
During the first quarter of 2022, 1,743 Nigerians were killed in various attacks in Nigeria, with kidnapping, banditry and theft being the order of the day.