FC Barcelona stars become tourism ambassadors for Uganda

Great Lakes Safaris CEO Amos Wekesa recently welcomed some very special guests in Uganda: Dutch football legend Patrick Kluivert and former team member from Barcelona Rayco García Cabrera.

FC Barcelona stars meet President Yoweri Museveni

From left to right: Andrew Seguya, Maria Mutagamba, Amos Wekesa, Rayco Garcia,
Patrick Kluivert and President Yoweri Museveni

The two former key players from FC Barcelona were introduced by Amos to a number of authorities, including President Yoweri Museveni. Kluivert and García have committed to become the tourism ambassadors for Uganda and get involved in youth development programmes.

Not only they will come back in December to tour the highlights of Uganda, but they are also taking up the challenge of a competition between former FC Barcelona players and the Ugandan Cranes at Namboole Football stadium.

In addition, the Barcelona legends will establish a youth soccer development academy, giving young Ugandan football players the opportunity to develop their talent.

“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,” Rayco García said.

Patrick 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.

Amos Wekesa and Patrick Kluivert

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.