Barcelona President Sandro Rossell
Visiting Barcelona global President Sandro Rossell has lauded the impact of African players in European football development singling out former Catalunya star and current Chelsea forward Samuel Eto’o, Emmanuel Adebayor, Didier Drogba,Alex Song and Seidu Keita as shining examples of talent from Africa.
Rossell made the remarks on Friday night in Nairobi during a cocktail party to mark the launching of the first ever official Kenya Barcelona supporters club in the country dubbed “Penya Barcelonista Mashariki(PBM) .
Flanked by Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker, Rossell said the launch of Kenya Barcelonista Mashariki will provide an excellent opportunity to initiate several activities to promote the sport among Kenyans.
He noted that Barcelona which for more than 100 years did not have a corporate sponsor, is being supported on this global marketing campaign by Qatar Airways, the club’s first ever corporate sponsor.
“Football instantly touches the hearts of millions. Supporting one of the most exciting clubs in world football offers us an important platform to connect emotionally to the fans of this beautiful game “he said
With the launch, Kenya and East African supporters of Barcelona who sign up with the supporters club will have access to FCB Merchandise at reduced rates, venue discounts during match viewing, access to tickets during matches at Camp Nou and much more.
Kenya becomes the fourth country in Africa where the launch the Barcelona program launch has been initiated after Nigeria, Cameroon and South Africa.