The Barcelona legends side — featuring some of the greatest football stars to have graced the game — is expected in Zimbabwe in November for a high-profile match.
The tour of the Barca legends was revealed yesterday when the skipper of that collection of players, Dutch forward Patrick Kluivert, led a delegation that met Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the capital.
But yesterday it came to fruition when Mnangagwa sealed the deal.“On behalf of President Robert Mugabe, we are extremely grateful that you have come to Zimbabwe and also that you have agreed to bring the Barcelona Legends to come and play in Zimbabwe.“I am sure we will need screens outside the stadium, just to know that Barcelona is coming to Zimbabwe, it is a thing that will put this country on fire, I can assure you on that one.“But, most importantly, is the fact that you are honouring our President Mugabe by giving him your own jerseys is something extremely important.“I discussed with the President this morning about your business in the country, but because of his commitments, he is unable to see you today (yesterday) and is only able to see you on Tuesday evening even or Wednesday, which is a bit far,” said Mnangagwa.And I think, also regarding the situation of Zimbabwe in Europe, I think personally, and what I hear in the surroundings, Zimbabwe is a great country, I think that has been ruled very good, but it has a bad (image) in Europe.“Regarding this match, if Barcelona Legends can play the Warriors or legends of Zimbabwe, it will give Zimbabwe a very good day and I think it is essential to have the game played in one of the most beautiful stadium.“We visited the stadium this morning (National Sports Stadium) and if we can bring 60 000 people into the stadium with the best coverage that we can have for the game, I think that is very essential for Zimbabwe,” said Kluivert.Garcia added that the exposure of being associated with such players, who recently played against Manchester United Legends in a high-profile show, will also boost the country’s profile.“It is a pleasure for us to be here and thanks to all of you for giving us this opportunity."Names that were an important part of his growing up.
This is a tribute I never imagined I would receive.
And while haters (we see you, Carlos Dunga) try to make it seem as though dude is pushing 40, he's actually only 31 years old.