Real Madrid Football Academy takes off in Port Harcourt

Gov Wike (m) and Real Madrid mid-fielder striker, Ronaldo, others in a pose


President of  Confederation of African Football [ CAF], Mr. Ahmad Ahmad on Monday performed the ground breaking ceremony of the Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt.     

The News Agency of Nigeria [NAN] reports that the ground breaking ceremony of the Academy was jointly performed by officials of Real Madrid Football Club and Confederation of African Football (CAF).

NAN reports that the foundation laying ceremony, which took place at the precincts of Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt, was attended  by the President of Nigerian Football Federation,  Mr. Amaju Pinnick and the President of International Sports Press Association, Mr. Gianni Merlo.

NAN reports that others present at the occasion included the President of International Sports Press Association Africa, Mitchell Obi, International Sports Writers, ex-internationals and top officials of Real Madrid Football Club.

The CAF president while performing the foundation laying ceremony, noted that the academy was not only for Port Harcourt or Nigeria, but for the entire African continent.

Ahmad said the Real Madrid Football Academy would promote international football best practices in the continent as well as raise future stars.

He said that the timing of the construction of the academy was a proof that it was ordained by God.

The initiator of the Real Madrid Football Academy and Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, noted that the academy would help in building a new crop of International stars across the country.

The governor said  the Academy would be opened to all Nigerian children with special opportunities for those from Rivers, whose  resources would fund the project.

“When  we initiated this laudable project, people doubted it, making different cynical comments, however, today, this project has come to  fruition. It will be a solid foundation for our children.

“We are proud to be associated with the best club in the world, therefore, we will groom the best set of footballers," Wike said.

He said  the project would be completed in seven months.

The governor stressed that children, who would be admitted into the school would be between the ages of eight  to 16 years.

“Sports is a catalyst for development, what we are doing is for the interest of everybody, to tell our footballers, we will do everything to support you,” Wike added.

Also speaking, the President of International Sports Press Association, Mr. Gianni Merlo, said  Real Madrid as the best club in the world, would develop a new set of stars from the Academy.

 “This is an important project for the whole world. It will mould international stars who will shape the game in the future,” he said.

The President of Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Pinick said with the Real Madrid Football Academy, Nigeria would ensure the emergence of  another generation that would keep the nation’s flag flying in the international football circle. [ NAN]


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