Minister of Youth and Sports Hon. Isaac Asiamah has lauded European giants FC Barcelona’s after their exploratory business visit to Ghana, describing it as “a great development” to the football loving nation.
A five member delegation, led by Vice Chairman Paul Villa Vilanova, concluded a successful three-day trip based on future partnerships and investments in the West African state.
Minister Asiamah welcomed the Barcelona delegation with a passionate 15-minute presentation about doing sports and general business in Ghana, reiterating the widely held belief that his country also possesses an abundance of soccer talents.
“Ghana has everything. We have the human resource, we are hardworking, honest, hospitable people, and we also have an increasing pool of ambitious youth”.
“So my Catalan friends, this is as good a time as any, for Barcelona to come to Ghana. Our doors are always open”.
The Minister assured the vice chairman of the Barcelona board Paul Villa Vilanova and the director of the famous La Masia academy Franc Carbo that he is ready to provide them with any support they need to ensure that they return to Ghana.
The director general of the National Sports Authority, Dr. Joe Kpenge was present at the meeting and also lobbied for Barcelona to set up an official supporters base in Accra.
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) was represented by Mr Kofi Poku whilst Willem Alexander Coleman and Kweku Baah from Centre14 made a strong case for a Barca fans base in Accra.
The delegation is expected to present it’s findings to the FC Barcelona board for scrutiny before returning to Accra on an unconfirmed date.
It is understood that influential Ghanaian business interests are also keen on establishing other enterprises to employ the youth and support juvenile and child development programmes through education and sports.
A coordinator for the visit, Yaw Ampofo Ankrah is hopeful that the introductory visit could be the beginning of future ventures with FC Barcelona and Spain/Ghana relations.
Businessman Mr. Seth Anti who led the Ghanaian delegation, thanked the minister and assured him of continued behind the scenes collaboration to facilitate the reality of the Barcelona mission.
A number of other strategic Ghanaian business interests were present including Lifeline Investment and Recruitment Agency represented by Einstein G.Teye and Derek kwame Adjei as well as Mr Emmanuel Owusu Adarkwa of Yenko Group.