Messi visits Gabon to lay foundation for new stadium
The Barcelona star was a guest of President Ali
Bongo Ondimba on Saturday to lay the ground for a
new facility that will host matches of the 2017
Africa Cup of Nations
Barcelona star Lionel Messi spent a part of his vacation on a
visit to Gabon on Saturday where he helped to lay the
foundation for a new 20,000-seat stadium in Port-Gentil.
The Argentina captain was a guest of President Ali Bongo
He signed autographs for many joyous fans before he was
driven in a presidential convoy to the scene of the
foundation laying ceremony.
"When I was in Barcelona a few years ago, I saw Messi and
he said he would come to visit me in Libreville," President
Bong told media.
"It was a promise which he made to me. He is a man of
honour, one who has kept his word. The calendar worked
out well and it has corresponded with the laying of the first
stone," the Gabonese leader added.
Port-Gentil, Gabonâ€™s second biggest city, will be home to
matches during the 2017 Afcon. Gabon co-hosted the 2012
tournament with Equatorial Guinea.
They would hope to do better than the quarter final finish
from the last time.
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