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Barcelona stars Kluivert, Rayco tourism ambassadors for Uganda

Barcelona stars Kluivert, Rayco tourism ambassadors for Uganda ( Uganda President Yoweri Museveni today committed sponsorship of US$180,000 to facilitate a promotional tour and soccer game by FC Barcelona Legends who will visit Uganda in December this year.

President Museveni met FC Barcelona Legends Captain and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Patrick Kluivert, and team member Rayco Garcia Caberera, and confirmed his support for their visit in support of Ugandan tourism and investment, and youth development programmers.

“I will support you since what you are doing will bring in more tourists and investors. You are showing the world what Uganda has to offer. I am also happy that you are providing youth programmers that will propel Ugandans onto the international stage,” President Museveni said.

Kluivert and Garcia said they will establish a youth soccer development academy in Uganda, having identified a lot of talent within the country.

“I have been here three weeks and I have seen with my own eyes that Uganda has a lot of soccer talent here. There are many young people with great potential to make it on the world stage. We want to give them this opportunity,” Garcia said.

Kluivert, who flew in on Sunday night, said he was overwhelmed by Uganda’s beauty and tourism potential.

“In the short time I have been here, I have no doubt that Uganda is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. We will give you good global coverage for both tourism and investment, because you have a lot to offer,” Kluivert said.

The duo is here on a mission that includes UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador activities, as well as the identification of soccer talent in Uganda for promotion abroad, and the identification of opportunities to promote tourism and investment in Uganda using the Barcelona FC brand.

Barcelona FC is the second most valuable sports team in the world, worth US$3.2 billion, and the world's fourth richest football club in terms of revenue, with an annual turnover of €484.6 million.

It is a highly popular club with millions of fans around the world.

The duo was, accompanied by Tourism Minister Maria Mutagamba, Uganda Tourism Board Member Amos Wekesa, Uganda Tourism Board Chief Executive Stephen Asiimwe, and Uganda Wildlife Authority Executive Director Dr. Andrew Seguya.

MEDIA CONTACT: Vincent Mugaba, Head of Public Relations, Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), Plot 42 Windsor Crescent, Kolol, P.O. Box 7211 Kampala, Uganda, Tel: +256 (0) 414 342 196/7, Fax: +256 (0) 414 342 188, Mob: +256 (0) 772 403 330, E:

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