Saturday, 23 July 2016

La Liga president reveals Barcelona could play friendlies in Nigeria


The president of Spanish La Liga, Javier Tebas, has hinted that Barcelona could play friendly matches in Nigeria, as a result of the partnership between La Liga and the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Tebas was speaking at a press conference, organized to open the La Liga office inside the Corporate Headquarters of the League Management Company in Abuja.

“We are here today to open a La Liga Office in Nigeria in furtherance of that understanding,” Tebas said.

“We have made good progress in the three months of the understanding signed between us and Nigeria football league and in a few weeks, an All-Star team from Nigeria will tour LaLiga and we are taking care of the travel and accommodation of 40 members of the team.

“During this tour, the team will play three matches in Spain and will be watched by the directors of top LaLiga clubs who make decisions and this may result in some Nigeria League players being invited to the clubs.

“We also will be sending experts to interact with NPFL Club Managers and share knowledge and also send coaches to work at the grassroot academies for development of youth football.

“La Liga clubs would also visit Nigeria to play friendly matches…yes, Barcelona can come to Nigeria and that will mean that the NPFL is a big league.

“I am sure that by the time the first five years of the partnership ends, LaLiga and NPFL will be bigger.”

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