Barcelona Football Club Opens Academy In Lagos, 1000 Nigerians Register In A Week
Oct 9, 2016 – Spanish Billionaire Opens Barca Football Academy In Lagos, 1000 Nigerians Register In A Week
Bernat Villa, the Head coach of the Barcelona Football Academy in Lagos has outlined the school’s plans for Nigerian kids who registered within a week of the school opening.
The Spaniard, who was once in charge of the Barcelona academy in Spain, has his office at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, and is assisted by Nigerian coaches.
“The aim of FCBESCOLA is to teach the kids the same way we teach in Barcelona using the same methodology and drills. For now we are having about 1,000 kids, out of which about 700 would eventually make it through to the school proper. I’m supported by some local coaches and I have explained to them our methodology; we are also teaching them our philosophy,” Villa said.
Villa added that Nigerian kids had awesome skills and could become future stars of the game, if properly groomed and guided.
“We’ve seen a lot of good players but the most important thing is for these players to be in good physical condition as their counterparts in Europe. If they can understand how we work and train, in few years, some of them can make it to top clubs in Europe and eventually their national team,” the coach stated.
On the difference between a Nigerian footballer and his European counterpart, Villa said, “The kids here (in Nigeria) are more of individual players, though they have good technical skills but they have problems technically and collectively.
“They are too individualistic, they always think they can take on their opponents and go alone with the ball and finish the ball by themselves. We have to make them realise they should play with the team.”
October 9, 2016 at 1:40 AM
Greedy millionaire cheating gullible nigerians
another sorry case
October 9, 2016 at 4:55 AM
@KINGSLEY OGUBOR, I THOUGHT about that as well, even though I may not have put it that bluntly. Is this a true desire to brush up some Nigerian kids for the giant club, or a drive borne out of the same business mindedness that brings many astutue western billionaires to Nigeria because of the realization of the economic significance of our country?
October 9, 2016 at 5:27 AM
Is that how to solve the recession problem you guys drag Nigerian into.. we need foreign investors that can invest in our economy and not football academy, this is another way of scamming poor Nigerian
October 9, 2016 at 8:42 AM
Many more to still register. This will give other club access. All the best.
October 10, 2016 at 8:57 AM
you’ve said my mind@kingsley
October 28, 2016 at 2:28 AM
registration should be free it is free in Spain and all european countries dont let them come and rip innocent people off