Mendes who is the Ambassador of the just concluded Africa Youth Cup tournament in Cape Verde said he decided to accept the Ambassadorial role offered him by the organizers as a way of helping and inspiring African kids who want to play football.
Mendes in an exclusive interview with The Nigerian Xpress Sports said given the way the game is growing, African legends must do more to grow the game technically and tactically.
The former Ajax Amsterdam star said he would in another three months, precisely in July return again to Cape Verde with Dutch coaches for a training program aimed at updating the knowledge of Cape Verdean coaches.
Mendes was full of praise for the organizers of the Africa Youth Cup declaring that it is a tournament that would take African football to the next level.
“I’m happy not only to be the Ambassador of this tournament but with the tournament itself. It is great that we now have a youth tournament in Africa. The tournament has started well and it can only get better,” he said.