The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, received UEFA League trophy on Wednesday in Lagos.
The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday, received the UEFA Champions League Trophy alongside its Ambassador and former captain of Barcelona FC of Spain, Carles Puyol, at the governor’s office in Alausa, Lagos.
Puyol, the football international star, and the UEFA Champions League team are on a three-day tour visit to Lagos to connect with consumers and football lovers.
Ambode, who was ably represented by Dr. Kweku Tandoh, the Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, also received Nigerian International football legend, Austin Jay jay Okocha, as part of the delegation.
Ambode, while receiving the trophy, expressed joy in the fact that the team considered Lagos among the selected few states to visit Nigeria.
The governor also lauded the contribution of Puyol and Okocha to the development of the round leather game in Nigeria and worldwide, saying they deserved to be appreciated and celebrated.
“I must say I am very pleased with the organisers of this Trophy Tour for deeming it fit to take the UEFA Champions League Cup to Lagos.
“We are particularly excited because our administration has focused on the synergy between sports, tourism, entertainment and the arts, among others, and the people can see the positive effects of our efforts in that regard.
“We are pleased to also welcome Barcelona FC and Champions League legend, Carles Puyol, to Lagos, as well as our legend, JayJay Okocha, to Lagos House.
“Many of us underrate this legend that we have and just yesterday, I understand Puyol had a very difficult time on the field of play in Uyo when Jay Jay had to give him a few tricks,” Ambode said.
Speaking earlier, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Breweries Plc, organisers of the Trophy Tour, Mr Jordi Borrut Bel, thanked Governor Ambode for warmly receiving the team, saying the Trophy Tour was specifically organised to bring the tournament closer to fans.
He said as part of the tour, there would be a road show from Maryland Bus Stop to Ikeja City Mall, among other activities.
“We also want to thank the governor for sustaining a supportive business environment in the state,” he said.