FC Barcelona of Spain has announced its decision to open its first African Football Academy in Lagos!
Undoubtedly the biggest club in the world, the club’s decision to site an academy in Lagos is undoubtedly a huge boost to sports and sporting development in Nigeria. The Youth Football Academy system is generally recognized as one of the best avenues through which some of the world’s best and brightest talents have been discovered and developed.
Governor Akinwumi Ambode received Oscar Grau, Worldwide Director of Barcelona Academy at Ikeja today and 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.
Barcelona is widely regarded as having the best youth development setup in the world with the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets having developed through the Academy before becoming first team regulars.