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Messi, Ondimba lay Gentile Stadiums first stone

from BBC
Four-time World Player of the Year, Lionel Messi
Four-time World Player of the Year, Lionel Messi

Four-time World Player of the Year, Lionel Messi, has participated in laying the foundation of a future Africa Cup of Nations, venue in Port Gentile, Gabon.

Messi joined Gabonese president, Ali Bongo Ondimba, Saturday, July 18, 2015 to lay the first stone at the Port Gentile Stadium.

The Barcelona star officially started the building process at the stadium’s venue, where the Africa Cup of Nations matches will be hosted in 2017.

The ceremony took place on a wide sandy ground, where the stadium will be built.

It was the Argentine forward's first visit to Gabon and he signed autographs on team jerseys worn by his fans before he, along with President Ondimba, began laying the stone.

The BBC quotes Gabonese President as saying Messi promised to visit him in Gabon’s Capital, Libreville, when they met in Barcelona a few years ago.

President Ondimba described Messi as a man of honor who keeps his word.

The new stadium will have a capacity of 20,000 and is expected to host matches beginning November, 2016 in the build-up to the continental tournament, the BBC said.
Port Gentil is Gabon's second city.

 


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