Real Madrid, Rivers Govt agree to set up academy

River StateGovernment has agreed a partnership with SpReal Madridanish giants, to set up an academy in Port Harcourt.

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Governor Nyesom Wike, who made the announcement on Tuesday, said the academy would empower the youths in the oil-rich state.

“We have young men who want to be coaches, who will be trained in Spain (going by this agreement),” ScoreNigeria quoted him as saying.
“We have our young boys and girls who want to go and play football in Spain.

“This partnership is with the best club in the world and it’s in the interest of all,” he added.
President of the Confederation of African Football Ahmad is expected to lay the foundation stone for the academy on May 28.

The event will be celebrated with an international friendly between World Cup-bound Nigeria and DR Congo same day in Port Harcourt.

In continuation of the process for the setting up of a Real Madrid Academy in Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike on Monday toured training facilities of Real Madrid Football Club.

The governor met with officials of the club, football star, Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, where further modalities were discussed.
Mr. Wike was accompanied on the inspection tour by the State Commissioner of Sports, Boma Iyaye, and former Nigerian international, Adokiye Amiesimaka.

Vice President of Interact Sports, Mr. Kazma and officials of Real Madrid led Mr. Wike and his entourage on a guided tour of the Real Madrid Training Facility.
In the meeting with Real Madrid stars, Ronaldo and Ramos, Mr. Wike said that the objective of setting up the Real Madrid Academy in Rivers State is to develop stars that would rule the world in the nearest future

“We are using football as one of the key empowerment programmes for the next generation. We want to grow international football stars from a tender age.

“We will tap from the experience and exposure of Real Madrid and their stars. This is a project that will revolutionise football in Rivers State and Nigeria,” Mr. Wike noted.

He assured that the academy to be established in the state will be of international standard and will take into consideration the education of the children.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos lauded Mr. Wike for his commitment to the development of the game of football.

Rivers State Sports Commissioner, Boma Iyaye, said that the Real Madrid Affiliated Football Academy will enhance the game of football in the state.

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