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Barcelona FC to build first African football academy in Lagos

Lukmon Oloyede.
Spanish La Liga team, Barcelona Football Club on Monday announced plans to establish its first Football Academy in Africa in Lagos.
The senior management staff of the football club led by Director of Business and Member of FC Barcelona Management Board, Pau Vilanova Vila-Abadal disclosed the club’s decision during a courtesy visit to Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode at the Lagos House in Ikeja.
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Governor Ambode who was delighted with the decision, pledged the maximum support of the government in ensuring the successful take-off of the project. He added that the development was in sync with his administration’s philosophy for sports development.
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 to 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 takes 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.

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