The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, has performed the ground-breaking ceremony of the Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt, capital of Nigeria’s Rivers State.
The recent ground-breaking ceremony was jointly performed by officials of Real Madrid Football Club and CAF.
According to reports, the foundation-laying ceremony, which took place at the precincts of the 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.
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 of Spain.
The CAF President, while laying the foundation stone, noted that the academy was not only for Port Harcourt or Nigeria, but for the entire Africa.
Ahmad said the Real Madrid Football Academy will promote international football best practices in the continent as well as raise future stars.
The initiator of the Real Madrid Football Academy and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, noted that the academy will help in building a new crop of International stars across the country.
The Governor said the Academy will be opened to all Nigerian children with special opportunities for those from Rivers State whose resources will fund the project.
“We are proud to be associated with the best club in the world, therefore, we will groom the best set of footballers,’’ Wike said, adding that the project will be completed in seven months.
The Governor stressed that children who will be admitted into the Academy will be between the ages of eight and 16 years.
Also speaking, Mr Merlo said Real Madrid will 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 the Nigeria Football Federation said 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.