Legendary former Barcelona and Brazil midfielder, Rivaldo Vitor Borba Ferrera has promised to assist the Ministry of Sport and Recreation’s eight thousand clubs nationwide academy football project.
Rivaldo’s visit to Zimbabwe is one of several initiatives being employed by the Ministry of Sport and Recreation to promote its policy of sport tourism and sport diplomacy.
The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Makhosini Hlongwane confirmed Rivaldo’s willingness to lend a hand towards football development in the country.
“We had brief discussions with Rivaldo as well as officials for ZIFA and the Sport and Recreation Commission, we also discussed the possibility of Rivaldo assisting in linking Zimbabwean players with European leagues.
We also discussed the possibility of Rivaldo setting up a football academy in Zimbabwe
On his part, Rivaldo pledged his support to work with us and he is and he is happy to look into the proposals,” Hon. Hlongwane said.
The 1999 Ballon d’Or winner was accompanied by his lawyer of twenty years, Manuel Jose and Rayco Garcia, a former player who has interest I football development on the continent.
The Barcelona legend will return in November for a Barcelona legends match at the National Sports Stadium which is being organised by the Ministry of Sport and Recreation and the Zimbabwe Football Association.
“The game in November, I am sure it will be a success, after that, it will be easier to think about these projects and make Zimbabwean football go through successful phases,” he said.
Rivaldo’s visit is the second by former Barcelona players, the first having been Patrick Kluivert and Edgar Davids.