MARTIN Braithwaite, one of Denmark and Barcelona’s most recognisable players, will arrive in Guyana today for his June 22 – 24 visit on behalf of his country’s football federation and the Guyana Football Federation.
Braithwaite, 31, is the son of a Guyanese and had longed spoke of his intention of return to his father’s country of birth and former home.
Today, following his arrival, Braithwaite, will be introduced to the media as the Goodwill Ambassador of the Denmark/GFF partnership, where details of the two country’s collaboration will be given.
Tomorrow, Braithwaite will visit tourist attractions in Georgetown, and pay a courtesy call on Minister of Culture Youth and Sport Charles Ramson Jr.
He will also visit the proposed D’Urban Park site which will host the GFF’s planned national football stadium, before rounding off the day with a novelty futsal match at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
On June 24, the Barcelona forward will visit the place of his father’s birth in Charlestown and participate in the launch of the UEFA Assist/DBU Women’s Development League at the OFF National Training Centre.
Before heading home to Europe, Braithwaite will also take time out to visit a grassroots football tournament and watch the GFF-Blue Water UIS Girls’ Development League at the GFF National Training Centre.
GFF president, Wayne Forde, said the visit of a player of Braithwaite’s calibre and standing underlines the significance of the partnership between the Denmark Football Association and his Federation, “and the importance that both organisations place on delivering real impact on the ground to develop football in Guyana.”
According to Forde, the GFF is “extremely excited to welcome Martin to Guyana and we look forward to working with him in the future as we continue to build on this strong, close relationship with our Danish partners.”