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Former Dutch international footballer Nigel de Jong was recently present in Qatar at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the KNVB and the Qatar Football Association. The document was signed there on behalf of the KNVB by Gijs de Jong. For QFA, the signing was done by their secretary general Mansoor Al Ansari.
Nigel de Jong currently plays for Al Ahli in Qatar, on the Persian Gulf coast. “I thought it would be nice to be present at this meeting of the two associations,” said De Jong, who took part in a football clinic given to mark the Dutch visit. Nigel joined Dutch Ambassador for Qatar, Dr. Bahia Tahzib-Lie and Johan Neeskens for a photo in front of the impressive Aspire Torch in Doha. WorldCoaches intends to deploy Nigel de Jong for its programme on a regular basis. “I am happy to take part,” said the footballer.
Previously, the KNVB gave a coaching course to 24 Qatari women in the emirate. A great initiative, Nigel feels: “Qatar needs collaboration with countries like the Netherlands, especially when it comes to developing football for girls and women. It’s great that a start has been made here with training women through the WorldCoaches programme. This country has strong women who should more often get the attention they deserve. I am glad I can contribute towards that.”
Michael van Praag, President of the KNVB, recently also signed an MoU with the Cape Verdean Football Association. He did so in the presence of King Willem-Alexander, Pierre van Hooijdonk and David Mendes da Silva.
“Through these memorandums, we agree that we will have some form of collaboration with other associations,” said Secretary General Gijs de Jong. “This creates a formal basis on which we agree to exchange football matters with each other. There are many ways to do this. In this way, we fulfil the ambition of Dutch football to also play a role in the international development of our sport. Of course, it helps us a lot when our (former) international players want to assist us in this.’’
The WorldCoaches programme is a KNVB initiative that closely collaborates with ministries, corporates and both social and local organisations. Through requests or by own initiative. The programmes mentioned below focus on a specific theme or on a particular target group.