French Soccer Star Visits Sierra Leone

23 June 2007 at 13:08 | 1412 views

French soccer star, Lilian Thuram(photo), who has plied his trade with some of the most renowned clubs in the world, will be visiting Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Saturday 23 June 2007 as guest of the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL).

His visit is to help raise awareness on the youth situation in the country with a view to encouraging West African youths to commit themselves to pursuing the path of non-violence, by inculcating the value of sports and soccer not only for their athletic benefits, but also as a powerful alternative to idleness, drug abuse and crime.

During his stay, Lilian Thuram will meet with Government officials, address youth organizations; sportsmen and women at the Presidential Lounge of the National Stadium.

World soccer champion Lilian Thuram, a role model and a force to reckon with in football, who had found time to address issues concerning youths, is passionately committed to such causes as improving youth employment and promoting sports for healthy, peaceful and anti-drug abuse lifestyle.

The 35 year-old Lilian Thuram, who is presently captain of the French national team, will also visit Guinea, Liberia and Guinea Bissau.

Lilian Thuram, born Ruddy Lilian Thuram-Ulien, 1 January 1972 in Pointe--Pitre, Guadeloupe, is a French professional football defender, the most capped player in the history of the France national team. He has played at the top division level for over 15 seasons, including ten in Italy.