La Liga giants, Barcelona are set to launch their first Football Academy in Africa and Lagos ...
La Liga giants, Barcelona are set to launch their first Football Academy in Africa and Lagos, Nigeria’s Commercial Capital is understood to be the choice location.
Lagos State governor, Akinwumi Ambode on Monday hosted a delegation from Barcelona at his office where he promised to make the project a huge success.
“Sport development is key to tackling unemployment. Therefore, we welcome the decision of Barcelona Football Club (FC) of Spain to establish its first Football Academy in Africa in Lagos, we pledge the maximum support of this adminstration in ensuring the successful take off of the project.” The Lagos State Governor declared.
The Governor added that it was great hosting Board member, FC Barcelona of Spain, Pau Vilanova Vila Abadal and Director, FC Barcelona Academy, Oscar Grau, during their courtesy visit to the Lagos House on Monday.
Earlier, Pau Vilanova i Vila-Abadal, Director of Business and Member of FC Barcelona Management Board, who led the team to the State House, thanked Governor Ambode for the support given to them so far in actualizing the project.
He said FC Barcelona decided to establish its Academy in Lagos due to the impressive population of the state, and the opportunity to share the philosophy of the team with the state.
On his part, Oscar Grau, Worldwide Director of Barcelona Academy, said it was indeed a big honour for the club to establish its Academy in Lagos, as many of the big names in the team started from such Academy.