BARCELONA, SPAIN — Barcelona’s Striker, Lionel Messi has withdrawn from the club’s visit to the Zambia which is scheduled for December this year.
According to Metro Newspaper which broke the news on the world’s best withdrawal from the trip, Messi has cited political instability and warnings from his counselors as reasons for his withdrawal. The reported also noted that other players of the club are yet to announce their withdrawal which is likely to cancel the trip or move to other nation.
Famous former French international and Barcelona Football Club defender, Eric Abidal are to arrive in Zambia on Friday, 30th September, 2016 to arrange a trip, among other projects, for world’s top club, Barcelona.
Abidal will be accompanied by former Real Madrid player, Rayco Garcia, with whom he is expected to meet relevant Government and private corporate stakeholders in ensuring that logistical arrangements were in place before the visit by one of Spain’s leading football clubs.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba announced the development in Pretoria this morning.
A French international across nine years, Abidal represented the nation in two World Cups – finishing second in 2006 – and Euro Championship in 2008.
Mr. Mwamba said that Garcia has pledged to promote soccer in Zambia by conducting coaching clinics and putting up a soccer academy. Garcia has also indicated plans to take talented Zambian youths into the famous ‘La Liga’, the Spanish League, beginning next season.
He said Barcelona Football Club is expected to play an exhibition match with the Zambia National Soccer Team and also visit tourism spots around the country.