Famous international football star, Paul Pogba has met with Guinea’s ruling military Junta after featuring in a Charity March on Thursday.
The Manchester United midfielder arrived at the Guinean stadium and was welcomed by Guinea’s military ruler, Mamady Doumbouya, after which he proceeded to participate in a game aimed at raising enough money for Charitable organizations.
Doumbouya, who seized power in a military coup in September 2021, was present at the event as a courtesy alongside famous African football stars and legends such as Senegalese El Hadji Diouf, Ivorian Fodé Mansaré, and the Guinean coach Kaba Diawara.
“Pleased to be here, very happy to see them, honestly it warms the heart, it shows the support they still have for me, and for Guineans, and it’s really nice to see,” said Paul Pogba.
When asked about his interest in the event, El Hadji Diouf, a former Senegalese international footballer, explained that his presence in Guinea is one which he often enjoys, as there is no “Senegal, no Guinea,” just Africans.
“I believe that today we must be Pan-Africans and be there for Africa. Today Guinea needs us, we must respond as worthy sons of Africa. And I believe that we must give hand in hand, and that is how we will build our Africa,” El Hadji Diouf said.
“Frankly it’s a pleasure to see this beautiful world that we miss so much, but that’s how it is, it’s Africa that wins, it’s Guinea that wins. And thank you to the organizers because it’s been a long time since we’ve seen the organization like this, so it goes straight to the heart really,” said Fodé Mansaré, a Guinean international footballer.
The France international star, Pogba, touched down in Conakry to a hero’s welcome while visiting his parents’ native continent of Africa. According to reports, he arrived earlier in the week and is expected to stay a few days before his journey back to Europe.
On arriving, Pogba was transported through the city’s capital in a convoy. As seen in videos and photos shared by the star, fans gathered to greet him as he made his way from Conakry airport to his hotel.
Pogba’s charity game and presence in Guinea were planned by “48 hours for Guinea,” an organization that advocates for improved access to water, health care, and education in the nation, and planned his visit there.