Football: Zidane arrives in Niger
French legend on a two-day visit to support a United Nations humanitarian project.
NIAMEY, December 7, 2007- French football legend Zinedine Zidane arrived
in Niger on Thursday night ahead of a two-day visit to support a United
Nations humanitarian project.
The former France captain, who was born to Algerian parents, will see at
first hand anti-poverty projects in the West African country as well as
visiting a football academy and meeting with Niger President Mamadou Tandja.
Zidane said: "I'm really enthusiastic about visiting all these activities
that are so important.
"I always wanted, after retiring from professional football, to visit this
part of Africa and make a contribution, as best I can, paying particular
attention to Niger."
Zidane was appointed a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill
Ambassador in 2001.
"At the moment his trip is private. We will not be in charge of his
programme until Saturday, he will then be at the disposal of the UNDP and the
Niger government," a UNDP spokesman told.