Spanish football club, Barcelona is set to launch the club’s football academy in Lagos, Nigeria.
Pau Vilanovai Vila-Abadal, the Director of Business and Member of FC Barcelona Management Board chose Lagos state for its outstanding population hence the wide opportunity to share the philosophy of the club with the state.
He said that it was an honor to establish the academy in Africa because some members of the La Liga side started from such levels. Likewise adding that the goal of the academy is to raise great players for Nigeria with defining values from the club-included efforts, team work, humility and respect.
Pau led a team which included the Worldwide Director of Barcelona Academy, Oscar Grau on his visit to the Lagos state governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode. Mr Ambode received the delegation on Monday, 22nd February. He welcomed their ambition to launch a football academy in his state.
The governor who saw this as a milestone and historic moment for citizens of Lagos and Nigerians at large especially after the successful operation of the International Lagos city marathon which had participants from various parts of the world earlier this month. He also pledged his support, notifying the Barcelona team of the full support of the government
“This visit by FC Barcelona is coming at a point where I believe strongly that we have nothing else to say than to say we are committed to this partnership because we know it will give us the first FCBEscola in Africa,” Ambode said at the Lagos House, Alausa.
“I was made to understand that this is the first of its kind in Africa and so, Lagos is priding itself as a major receptor of the next academy to be established in Africa”
The President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick also pledged his support to the project stating that he will ensure that all that is needed for the successful implementation of the academy will be carried out.
The FC Barcelona is arguably the best football club in La Liga, having won the UEFA champions league title 5 times and La Liga 23 times. The club also has world-class players like Messi, Neymar and Suarez among others.