"It (the flag) flies not only in the northern part of Mali, and not only in the south of Mali, but also outside Mali," Keita said at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium on South Africa's east coast. "That is important. Only football can do that."
"I won everything in football," said Keita, who has lifted trophies in France and Spain and won the Champions League and Club World Cup twice. "I won all the titles. Today the only thing I want is to bring joy to my country."