HOW CAF PRESIDENT, GOV WIKE, WIKEMATICS OGESTAR NWAKALI, OTHERS, LAY FOUNDATION FOR HISTORIC REAL MADRID FOOTBALL ACADEMY IN PORT HARCOURT
Officials of Real Madrid Football Club and Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Monday performed the historic foundation laying ceremony for the Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt, initiated by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.
The foundation laying ceremony which took place at the preccints of Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt, attracted the President of Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, Mr Amaju Pinnick, President of International Sports Press Association, Gianni Merlo, President, International Sports Press Association Africa, Mitchell Obi, International Sports Writers, Ex-internationals and top officials of Real Madrid Football Club.
Laying the foundation for the Real Madrid Football Academy, President of CAF, Ahmad Ahmad said the academy is not only for Port Harcourt or Nigeria, but for the entire continent.
He said that the Real Madrid Football Academy will promote international football best practices in the continent as well as raise future stars.
Ahmad noted that the timing of the construction of the academy is a proof that it was ordained by God.
Initiator of the Real Madrid Football Academy and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike who spoke at an an international press conference and during the foundation laying ceremony, said that the academy will help in building a new crop of International stars across the country.
He said that the Real Madrid Football Academy will be open to all kids, but with special preference to Rivers Children, whose resources will fund the project.
He said: “When we initiated this laudable project, people doubted it, making difference 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 “.
Governor Wike said that the project will be completed in seven months and commissioned for use by members of the public. He said children to be admitted into the school will be between 8 to 16years.
“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”, he said.
In his remarks, President of International Sports Press Association, Mr Gianni Merlo said Real Madrid as the best club in the world will develop a new set of stars from the Academy in Rivers State.
He said: “This is an important project for the whole world. It will mould international stars who will shape the game in the future”.
President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinick said that with the Real Madrid Football Academy, Nigeria will ensure the emergence of another generation that will keep the nation’s flag flying in the international football circle.
Rivers State Sports Commissioner, Mr Boma Iyaye said that with the establishment of the Real Madrid Football Academy, Governor Wike has shown unprecedented love for soccer.
He said the academy will contain a club house, classrooms, conference centre, training pitches and 1000 capacity spectator stand among other facilities.
General Manager of the Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt, Tareh el-Hajj said that the academy is in full swing as the management of Real Madrid in liaison with the Rivers State Government to set in motion modalities to ensure it succeeds .
He said coaches and medical staff for the academy will be accredited for the commencement of the process.
Other officials of Real Madrid who graced the occasion include: Inigo Arenillas, Manager, Real Madrid Foundation, Africa/Middle East and Oscar Diaz, Real Madrid Fund
Also, after the coommisioning, good people of Rivers state and Nigeria did a special senth forth to the super Eagles.
Governor Wike joins soccer fansY to send off Super Eagles to Russia 2018
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Monday night joined about 40,000 football lovers to watch the World Cup send off match between Super Eagles and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Also present at the International Friendly were: the President of Confederation of African Football, Ahmad Ahmad, Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, President Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinick, Two Former Super Eagles Captains, Nwankwo Kanu and Joseph Yobo.
The match which ended 1-1 witnessed the display of soccer artistry by the two teams.
Governor Wike led other dignitaries for the opening formalities.
Governor Wike expressed confidence that the Super Eagles will perform well in the World Cup.
He urged Nigerians to support the team all through their World Cup in Russia, saying that football is a major uniting factor for the country.
It will be recalled that the Super Eagles started their World Cup qualifying campaign in Port Harcourt.
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Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media.