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Canada’s Davies to donate World Cup earnings to charity

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Alphonso Davies

Bayern Munich and Canada defender Alphonso Davies has said he will donate his 2022 World Cup earnings to charity.

Davies was born to Liberian parents in a refugee camp in Ghana where he spent five years before moving to Canada and said he wants to show his gratitude by giving something back.

“Canada welcomed me and my family & gave us the opportunity for a better life. It enabled me to live my dreams,” the 21-year-old wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

“It’s a great honour to play for Canada and I want to give back, so I’ve decided that I will donate this year’s World Cup earnings to charity.”

Davies was the first soccer player to become a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, saying he understood what those who were forced to flee for their own safety went through. 

Canada will kick off their World Cup campaign on Nov. 23 against Belgium, ranked number two in the world, in Group F, before facing Croatia and Morocco.

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-Reuters

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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