By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, Cameroon
Liverpool Football Club have opened a brand new international academy in Mauritius as their expansion in Africa continues.
The academy was officially unveiled by former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar, Liverpool’s Vice President of International Academies Dan White and the Mauritius Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth.
This is the second academy the Merseyside based club has opened on the African continent, following the one in Egypt.
According to Dan White, the club is hoping to tap into the large football fanbase in the country and help in the development of its youngsters.
“When we started our conversation, we noticed that we have a shared vision for football development and also the impact the sport can have on the population,” White told BBC Sports.
“There is a hugely passionate fan base in Mauritius and we are confident that this project will be a positive development for football in Mauritius.
“We look forward to working with our partners here to make sure it is a success. We want to bring authentic LFC coaching young fans around the world.”
Neil Murphy will be the head of coaching team at the academy, which will start programmes next month.
They are currently hiring coaching and playing staff for the academy.
“We had a very good response with more than 2,400 youngsters who applied to be part of the academy, “ White added.
“It will be an initial plan for three years and for the first year we are selecting 256 players who will train three days a week and will also be recruiting 17 coaches.”
This facility adds to the list of the club’s academies in Australia, Iceland, Norway, South Korea, Japan and the United States of America.
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