HARARE – Rayco Garcia, one of the Barcelona Legends, who was in the country for the weekend’s exhibition match against the Warriors Legends, has described Zimbabwe as a safe tourist destination with potential to attract a lot of people.
The Barcelona Legends played an enthralling match against the Warriors Legends which ended in a 2-2 draw with Patrick Kluivert scoring a brace for the visitors while Zenzo Moyo and Edward Sadomba were on target for the Warriors Legends.
And speaking on their visit to the country, Garcia said Zimbabwe stands a chance to attract a lot foreigners and as part of their visit they would go and market the country as a safe destination for tourism.
“I think Africa is the future, it’s the continent people have to explore and discover. We see a lot of potential in terms of sport there is talent and to invest in Africa it is a secure investment in terms of sport,” Garcia said.
“I think in this country you have wonderful opportunities to invest for Europeans and people from the rest of the world.
“You have the Victoria Falls which is a gift from God and you are lucky that you have it in your land and now we have to market it.
“People from outside sometimes think it’s in South Africa, personally I didn’t like it. It’s like saying the stadium of Madrid is in France so I think we need to use football as the platform to showcase these good things.”
On future plans with Zimbabwe, Garcia said: “We have some plans but for now I cannot say anything because there are still some negotiations with the honourable minister of Sport. But obviously this is like my home, I feel committed to this country.
“We have been recording everything since we came and for us it’s important that we showcase what we have seen with our eyes. We are obviously going to say this is a beautiful country with beautiful people, who live a healthy life and it’s only a question to bring opportunities to these people here.”
Garcia said he was surprised by the reception they got in Zimbabwe.
“To be honest you surprised us, we played in Mozambique it was amazing as well but here I think we got more impressed.
“Most of our players train two times per week. Many of them they work for television stations, they work for different clubs in Europe as the technical directors but because we do this kind of matches at once or twice a month it’s important on their physical aspect.
Meanwhile, former Warriors midfielder Ronald Sibanda was also delighted to don the national team’s jersey once again.
“This is the stadium I used to play in when I was still turning up for the national team and it brings a lot of memories and emotions.
“It’s always good to come back and play here before such a huge crowd,” Sibanda said.
“I am very happy and to think that Barcelona Legends were here I think it is a great day for Zimbabwean football.
“These are the kind of matches that really put the country on the world map. It was really a good game.
“Some of the Zim Legends came all the way from South Africa to participate which shows it was a big game. It’s good for tourism and it’s good for our country.”