- Barcelona are set to build its first academy in Africa in Lagos
- Governor Akinwunmi Ambode approves of the academy
- Barcelona’s academy has produced the likes of the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez
Barcelona has chosen Lagos state as its destination to build its first academy in Africa.
The choice to use Lagos has been supported by the state governor Akinwunmi Ambode who was visited by senior management staff of the club at the Lagos state house in Ikeja.
Barcelona are the reigning UEFA Champions League, Copa Del Rey and La Liga champions.
The governor said: “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.”
The governor said the innovation would promote youth development in the state as the state shared Barcelona’s values of respect, courage, humility, social integration and community service. “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 academy that would be built in Lagos would be equivalent to La Masia in Spain which has produced the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, Pedro Rodriguez, Pep Guardiola, Carles Puyol, Victor Valdez, Sergi Roberto and Andres Iniesta.