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Uganda Has Same Talent As Rest Of The World – John Barnes

Liverpool and England Legend John Barnes says Ugandans have the same level of talent as the rest of the world especially Europe but on difference is in Opportunities in developing and nurturing the talent to professional standards.

Barnes who was speaking to journalists and Liverpool fans during a viewer party organised in his honour at Riders Lounge on Acacia Avenue says youngsters aged between 5-12 years in Uganda, are the same as those in say England. The differences start showing as they grow up between 12-18 years where the Europeans have an advantage and upper hand over their African counterparts due to logistical differences where the advanced countries have better facilities to nurture talent.

“The talent is there in Uganda but there has to be sustainable infrastructure in place for football to develop in the country” Barnes said

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John Barnes (C) giving analysis on NBS TV during the Liverpool game yesterday

He says if the same facilities like soccer academies and state-of- the art stadiums with gyms etc were to be set up here; Uganda would also produce superstars in the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who went through good soccer academies to become the world’s best players.

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Autographing a youngster’s jersey

Barnes who was in the country on a mission to inspire youngsters to play the Liverpool way, watched Liverpool lose 3-1 to Swansea and gave live commentary and analysis on NBS TV who hosted him. He says Liverpool’s new manager  Jürgen Norbert Klopp  will lead the club to glory soon.

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Liverpool FC Coaches watching the game on screen

“The Liverpool Way is not just about football but is about building people to become successful and meaningful people in society” He added


Children going through the drills at Lugogo Hockey grounds

He was here on a 3-day visit to among others; officiate at the opening of the Vodafone-Liverpool FC international soccer camp currently on-going at the hockey grounds in Lugogo Kampala.  He was originally from Jamaica but went to England as a youngster and developed his talent to become one of the best ever players to play for the country.

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