Visiting Barcelona Football Club legends have pledge to clean up the heavily dented Zimbabwean image while promoting the country’s tourist resorts.
Speaking their two all draw against the Warriors legends at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday, the team’s liaison officer and former Barcelona midfielder, Rayco Garcia told journalists that the visit to Zimbabwe was an eye opener as they got a clearer picture about Zimbabwe.
“What we have seen is far much better than we are told about Zimbabwe. this is a very beautiful country with beautiful people and our commitment as a team is that we will go and preach to the world.
“Zimbabwe has a very bad reputation internationally but that is not what is on the ground. you have people who work very hard to put a meal on the table. the people work hard to stay healthy and it is very important that the story about Zimbabwe be written well, and that is our commitment,’ said Garcia.
Since the highly disputed 2000 land redistribution exercise, the country has suffered isolation which has seen the western world imposing restrictive sanctions against Zanu PF leaders while closing spaces for Zimbabwe to be part of the global village in terms of trade and investment.
Garcia paid homage to the hospitable environment that exists in Zimbabwe, commending fans for bracing the chilli and wet weather to come and watch the exhibition match.
An estimated 45 000 fans paid watch the match at the National Sports Stadium, among them Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko.
The Warriors featured the likes of Madinda Ndlovu, Peter Ndlovu, Kaitano Tembo, Moses Chunga, Dumisani Mpofu, Ronald Sibanda and Kalisto Pasuwa among several stars and gave a reminder of what those who were not privileged to watch them in their heyday, missed.
After the match, Barca legend, Edgar Davids expressed his appreciation at the level of competition his team faced from the Warriors legends.
“It was a fantastic match. The Zimbabwe legends are a very good side, as they played very well in the second half,” said Davids.B
He called for more exhibition matches saying they were important in promoting the country.