Liverpool has continued solidifying their foothold on the African continent with the opening of a new Academy in Mauritius.
The Reds' new facilities are based in Mauritius with the first one on African soil being in their superstar talisman Mohamed Salah’s homeland of Egypt.
The academy was unveiled by legendary goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar, the cub’s Vice President of International Academies Dan White and the Mauritius Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth.
Mr White spoke to the press after the opening, “when we started our conversations, we noticed that we have a shared vision for football development and also the impact the sport can have on the population,” he told the BBC.
“There is a hugely passionate fan base in Mauritius and we are confident that this project will be a positive development for football in Mauritius. We look forward to working with our partners here to make sure it is successful. We want to bring authentic LFC coaching to young fans around the world.”
It’s well documented that Liverpool have a lot of support from African countries and the continent is home to a lot of most passionate supporters.
Grobbelaar further hinted that the club management is excited to see the progress is is making through its expansion to Africa.
It is also reveled that former Liverpool Academy graduate Neil Murphy will head the new facilities in Mauritius.
The Mauritius Sports and Youth Minister Stéphan Toussaint expressed excitement with how quickly the initiative has been implemented.
He said, "It has been done in a very professional manner and we are delighted to work with the Champions League and Super Cup winners. We have the appropriate infrastructure here in Côte d'Or to host the Academy."
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