Ghana, being one of the most passionate places for world football, hosted a very special event on Sunday, October 24 and the most popular match in football history was hosted by the Spanish Embassy in collaboration with LaLiga.
The event, which was held at the Residence of the Ambassador of Spain in Accra, had fans, journalists, and members of the diplomatic corps, ex-Black Stars midfielder Derek Boateng and ex-Nigerian midfielder and LaLiga Ambassador, Mutiu Adepoju in attendance.
Welcoming guests to the event, the Ambassador of Spain to Ghana, Javier Gutierrez, emphasized that the event represents the shared love of football by Spaniards and Ghanaians.
He added: “The passion for football is something that unites both our countries and people.
“We are happy that LaLiga is in Ghana, as they are part of our sports diplomacy and are prominent ambassadors of our culture and brand. Through LaLiga, we intend to promote more cooperation between Spanish and Ghanaian football, and I hope we will see a Spanish team play in Ghana soon.”
Nadim Ghanem-Pares, President of the Spain Ghana Chamber of Commerce, encouraged Ghanaian companies to look at possible trade ties with Spain and by extension, LaLiga.
“Geographically, Spain is the European Country closest to Ghana, and we cannot forget our wonderful football that unites us so much to Ghana, because we know LaLiga is enjoyed so much over here, and we believe LaLiga will have a fantastic experience rolling out its project here with our support.”
Also speaking at the event, the LaLiga Global Network Delegate for Ghana and Nigeria, Desmond Chiji, expressed the importance of Ghana to LaLiga.
“Ghana has a very valuable place in the LaLiga ecosystem. We have been motivated in holding an event for El Clasico, for which we created a new brand identity.
“The interest we received has exceeded our expectations. We would like to thank football fans, participants, media organizations, and members of the media for this achievement. As LaLiga, we will continue to strengthen our bond with football fans in the coming period.”
Guests at the event were treated to a private viewing of El Clásico which saw Barcelona losing 1-2 to Real Madrid.
The event was supported by the Embassy of Spain Accra and its Commercial Office, Spain Ghana Chamber of Commerce, Budweiser, GB Foods, and Supersport.