Messi visits Gabon to lay foundation for new stadium

By 01:45 Sun, 19 Jul 2015 Comments

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, Gabon’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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