City's star of Africa
- Sat 13 Oct 2012, 8:38AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
Thousands of Ivorians turned out to see their hero Kolo Toure as he returned to Abdijan looking to inspire a generation.
Toure is likely to start his nation’s African Cup of Nations qualifier against Senegal later today and he believes it’s time for footballers to be role models to the children who look up to them.
"There are fantastic players but they don't have the right education," he says.
"They don't respect. And that's really bad for the kids, because they want to be like them."
"Sometimes we don't know how important we are. We are role models. The way I behave is the way they will want to be. If I use bad words, they will use bad words."
A third of children in Ivory Coast suffer with malnutrition and it was clear from the video that Toure is incredibly enthusiastic about the message he’s promoting.
"It's so important that kids have the right food, especially in Africa," he adds. "We have everything to make the food better, to make the kids happy but no education.
"Children often don't know which food to eat - foods to give you the power to live, the power to be happy, the power to grow. It's very important to educate them and it's a key thing in Africa."
Elsewhere, on loan striker Roque Santa Cruz has revealed that he’d relish a meeting with City in this year’s Champions League because of his relationship with Roberto Mancini.
"We have an honest relationship with great respect," said Santa Cruz. "He knows he will get the truth from me if he asks anything and I believe I can go to him too."
"I do not see myself going back to the Premier League because my family are very settled here and I do not want to keep bringing my children back and forth [between England and Spain].”
Finally, John Cross of the Daily Mirror believes that Chelsea are ready to steal a march on City for the signature of Radamel Falcao in January.
Atletico’s Columbian striker cannot stop scoring this season, netting again last night for his country in a World Cup qualifier, and it’s believed that he’s yours for a cool £46m.
“Chelsea chief Roman Abramovich has given the go-ahead to launch a stunning £46million January bid for Radamel Falcao,” writes Cross.
“Atletico Madrid star Falcao is regarded as the hottest striker in the world and destroyed Chelsea single-handed in the European Super Cup in August, firing a hat-trick as the Spaniards romped to a 4-1 win.
“That was the night when billionaire Abramovich decided to make Falcao his No1 target and Chelsea have now got everything lined up to get a deal done when the winter window opens.”