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Barcelona Academy to be Establihed in Lagos😁






Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi
Ambode on Monday welcomed the
decision of Barcelona Football Club of
Spain to establish its first Football
Academy in Africa in Lagos, just as he
pledged the maximum support of the
government in ensuring the successful
take off of the project.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the
Lagos House in Ikeja while receiving
senior management staff of the football
club, said he was delighted with the
development, as it was in sync with his
administration’s philosophy for sports
development.



The Governor, who described the
development as an historic moment for
the state, said it was indeed a thing of
joy coming at a time when the state was
still basking in the euphoria of the
successful hosting of the International
Marathon.

According to Governor Ambode, “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 into this partnership
because we know the partnership will
give us the first FCBEscola in Africa. 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.

“I know that this will create a very good
platform for youth development,
grassroots empowerment and also for
the value of sportsmanship. We share the same values with FC Barcelona which are respect, courage, humility, social integration and community service.

“So, I just want to say that you have our
blessing; you have our go ahead.
Whatever it is that we need to do to
ensure that this project take off as quick
as possible as a government, we are
hundred percent ready to support you in the interest of all of us,” the Governor
pledged.

The Governor, who reiterated the
importance of sports to integration and
development, said that sport was the
future of service to create a platform for
youth employment and youth
engagement in Lagos.

“I believe so much that sports,
entertainment and arts can actually
contribute together to lift Lagos and
Nigeria away from the problem of
unemployment and that is why this
government will continue to support
sports in its ramifications and ensure
that we take our youth off the street and make them productively engaged,”
Governor Ambode said.

Besides, the Governor pledged the full
support of the state government to the
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in
hosting the first ever Beach Soccer
African Nations Cup in Lagos, which will hold between December 10 and 23, 2016.

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.

He said players like Messi, Iniesta, Sergio Busquet, Pique, among others, all started from such Academy, and that the club has a unique methodology of instilling great virtues in footballers, apart from footballing skills and education.

He added that through the Academy, the club also aims to raise excellent players
for Nigeria, and that the core values of
the club included efforts, team work,
humility and respect.
Also speaking, NFF President, Amaju
Pinnick congratulated Governor Ambode over the successful hosting of the Lagos International Marathon, saying it was one of the most successful tournaments in the world.

He pledged the support of the Federation to ensure the success of the Academy, especially in terms of facilitating the necessary approvals needed for expeditious take off of the project.

He added that Lagos, under Governor
Ambode and his predecessors, had
always been a major destination for
sports, and that the Confederation of
African Football (CAF) had just approved the hosting of the first ever Beach Soccer African Nations Cup in Lagos in December.

“The tournament is a major qualifier for the World Cup and eight best Beach
soccer teams in Africa will converge in
Lagos for the tournament and we know
that Lagos has always played a pivotal
role in redefining and rebranding
Nigeria, which we are very excited
about,” Pinnick said.

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