Vieira will put kids ahead of coaching
- 05 March 2010 10:52
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Patrick Vieira will not be following his mentor Arsene Wenger into coaching or management when the World Cup-winning France and City midfielder hangs up his boots.
Instead the 33-year-old Dakar-born star plans to devote much of his time to the Diambars academy of football for youngsters that he co-founded in his native Senegal.
Many Serie A observers expected him to pursue a future in coaching when he linked up once more with his former Inter manager Roberto Mancini during the January transfer window.
But Vieira told mcfc.co.uk this week: "I want to stay in football because I love the game and I know that I can put something back, but not by coaching - I don't want to do that!
"I will want to stay in the game, but in Africa. The talent is there but they don't have the facilities that we have here.
"We have the Diambars institute of football in Senegal to promote education. We tell the kids they will have the chance to be a footballer, but they also have to go to school and do well.
"It's amazing how much you can achieve with football. Most of the kids are doing really well at school, and they train every day to try and achieve their dream.
"Education and football is the future for kids in Africa. I already go over there when I can, and spend a week or ten days.
"I try to make them understand that to be selected as a professional footballer, you need the luck. But with education, maybe some of them will be teachers or doctors."
Vieira established the Diambars - which translates as "champions" - at Saly in 2003 along with former France goalkeeper Bernard Lama. It now educates 90 youngsters between 13 and 18.