There is a possibility that “maybe two” La Liga teams will come to South Africa next year to hold a pre-season camp here and play against local clubs as the Spanish league tries to spread their footprint in the continent.
La Liga have already opened offices in Johannesburg as part of their expansion programme.
They’re looking to compete with the English Premier League which is the most watched European league in Africa.
Antonio Barradas, La Liga’s Africa Manager, shared the organisation’s plans this week in Sandton.
He says: “We were supposed to do something here last year.
“We were supposed to bring Valencia to play a game against Kaizer Chiefs.
“But because of the Carling Black Label Cup they [Chiefs] couldn’t do it because it’s in their contract.
“We were going to have it in the middle of July. We will see if we could do something next year. We’ve planned to bring some teams to do pre-season here. Maybe two teams will come.”
Barradas claims that they have been met with a cold welcome by the Premier Soccer League (PSL). They’re looking to smooth things over with them.
He adds: “The president [of La Liga, Javier Tebas] is coming back here. He has already been in South Africa three times.
“He is doing his best to have a good relationship with South Africa.
“They [PSL] must understand that La Liga isn’t a competition over here for them.”