Former Dutch footballing legend Edgar Davids, is currently in Muscat on a two-day visit. The footballer believes that children in Oman who attend sports academies need to be taught more than just the sport they choose to pursue.
The ex-Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Tottenham and Ajax legend who is here on the invitation of the Juventus Academy in Oman, spoke exclusively to the Times of Oman.
"I think it's important to coach kids at an early age, because I think it's about more than [just] football," said Davids. "It is important to guide them. We already know that not everybody is going to be a professional football player, but we know that they are going to grow up. It is important to be a part of a positive social cycle," he added.
Davids, who is considered to be one of the best players of his generation, is a product of the famed Ajax youth academy in the Netherlands.
The footballer also said that quality education was more important than having several academies. "I think it's not just about having so many academies, it's about having quality academies. [It is also about] handing children the tools to become adults and become positive role models for the society," said Davids.
An ex-midfielder for the Netherlands, Davids came through the famed Ajax youth academy, which included players such as Edwin van der Sar, Dennis Bergkamp, Marco van Basten, Jaap Stam and many other legends of Dutch football.
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