Famous former French international and Barcelona Football Club defender, Eric Abidal will arrive in Zambia on Friday, 30th September, 2016 to arrange a trip, among other projects, for world’s top club, Barcelona. The trip is scheduled for December this year.
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.
“We believe the economic and tourism benefits to the country are immense as visits of such high profile personalities stand to put Zambia on the world map,” Mr. Mwamba said.
Abidal was born 11 September 1979 is a French retired professional footballer who played as a left back or a central defender. In his career he played mainly for Lyon and Barcelona Football Club, winning 21 major titles the two teams combined, including two Champions League trophies with the latter.
A French international across nine years, Abidal represented the nation in two World Cups – finishing second in 2006 – and Euro 2008.