Jose Mourinho spends summer holiday in Africa (Photos)
With the summer break on, football players and managers have been spending the little time they have before the start of the new season, relaxing, resting, unwinding and recuperating.
So far, we have seen many of them on vacation/holiday at some of the most beautiful places in the world with their families and loved ones, enjoying this moment before the new season commences.
Unlike most of them, Jose Mourinho who is fondly known as “The Special One” decided to go to Africa for his holiday.
Earlier in the week, the Portuguese manager landed at the Hosea Kutako international airport, Windhoek, Namibia for what is believed to be a week long vacation.
The AS Roma boss is arguably the most loved European football club manager in Africa due to his special relationship with the beautiful continent.
The former FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real manager, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur manager has had a special relationship with African players throughout his careers.
He even attributes most of his success as a manager to the impact of players from the continent.
“My success is always based on having an African striker. Without an African striker I feel like I won’t succeed,” he once said in an interview.
Speaking about his special relationship with African super star, Michael Essien, Mourinho called the Ghanaian star his ‘son’ and himself, the Black Star’s ‘White daddy’ because Essien was the only one who took him to his homeland.
“He was not my player, he is my son I am his white daddy
“He’s the only one who took me to his home, to the real home. To the place he was born, to the street where he played football as a kid.”
Currently at AS Roma, Mourinho’s new club, another special relationship is brewing between him and another African player after he bought Felix Afena-Gyan a pair of Balenciaga shoes because the youngster was being made fun of by team-mates for his fake trainers.
In the summer of 2014, rather than going to watch the World Cup in Brazil, Mourinho visited hungry children and HIV patients in Ivory Coast as an ambassador of the United Nations for the World Food Programme.
The 59-year-old was moved to tears as he said he wants football to do more to support initiatives like the WFP’s, and even suggested that the English FA should donate his infamous football fines to good causes like that.
This is one of the main reasons why the Portuguese is so loved and revered on the streets of Africa.
Apart from his incredible success in the world of football, Mourinho is simply a man that has the continent of Africa in his heart.
This is why, when most people are holidaying and enjoying their vacation in places like Santorini, Ibiza, Cannes, Dubai etc, the AS Roma boss decided to visit Africa again.
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