Spanish giants Barcelona football club has set up its first Sub-Saharan football academy in Nigeria.
Based in Lagos, the club's academy is not only opened to search for new talents, its other aim is to increase the popularity of the club around the world where it faces intense competition with English Premier League giants like Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.
The Lagos state government has however pledged maximum support for the academy based in Lagos.
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The chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Deji Tinubu, disclosed that the state government will maximize the opportunity in promoting sports in the state.
“Gov. Ambode made a promise at the inception of his administration that sports will be part of his drive towards a vibrant economy in Lagos State,” Tinubu said.
“The state wants to use sports and entertainment to put itself on the world map; through youth engagement and economic prospects; not only the youth but also the entire citizenry.
“The FC Barcelona Academy in Lagos is the first of its kind in Africa and this tells us that when people talk about football in Lagos they are talking about Barcelona.
FC Barcelona is of the biggest brands in modern day football and every child in Lagos is expected to learn their values.