Lagos - Spanish giants FC Barcelona has decided to set up a
football academy in Africa, with the base in Lagos.
Top member of the management board from Spain on Monday visited
the Lagos State governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who welcomed the decision of
Barcelona FC to establish its first football academy in Africa in the state.
Ambode, who spoke at the Lagos House, Alausa while receiving
the senior management staff of the football club, said he was delighted with
He said it was in synchronised with his administration’s
philosophy for sports development.
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Earlier, Pau Vilanovai Vila-Abadal, Director of Business and
Member of FC Barcelona Management Board, who led the team, thanked Ambode for
the support given to them so far in actualising 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.
He said players like Messi, Iniesta, Sergio Busquet, Pique,
among others, all started from such an academy.
The club has a unique methodology of instilling great virtues
in footballers apart from football skills and education.
He added that through the academy the club also aimed to
raise excellent players for Nigeria and that the core values of the club
included efforts, team work, humility and respect.For
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