Football legends including former attacking star Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam of Egypt kicked off a discussion with football fans at Cairo University on Monday morning, one day ahead of the 2019 CAF awards gala taking place in Hurghada.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Sunday that Ivory Coast's fromer striker Didier Drogba, French player and current Bayern Munich central defender Laura Georges, former French forward Youri Djorkaeff and former Ivorian footballer Clementine Toure will also be attending Monday's FIFA legends talks.
After the start of the discussion, the CAF released a short post on Twitter describing the event as "a perfect give-and-go between the students and these footballing legends at the Cairo university."
"Studying gives you understanding, having understanding makes you loving and brings laughter to your life, and I'm sure this is good for the world," Youri Djorkaeff said during the discussion.
Egypt's former striker Mido also talked to the attendees about his long-time career in Europe, stressing that having self-confidence and determination are the key behind any success.
The former Zamalek, Ismaily and Wadi Degla coach Mido, 36, who is currently the head coach of Egyptian Club Maqassa, hanged up his boots in June 2013 after serving a host of European clubs including Ajax, Celta Vigo, Marseille, Roma, Tottenham, Wigan and West Ham.
Drogba, 41, announced his football retirement in 2018 after a glittering football career with the Ivorian national team as well as big European clubs like Le Mans, Marseille, Chelsea and Galatasaray.
Egyptian stars Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and midfielder Tarek Hamed of Zamalek have been included in CAF’s shortlist of nominees for the 28th edition of the annual football awards that celebrate the best African footballers and officials of each year.
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