The President of Confederation of African Football, Mr Ahmad Ahmad, on Monday performed the groundbreaking ceremony of the Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the groundbreaking ceremony of the Academy was jointly performed by officials of Real Madrid Football Club and Confederation of African Football.
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 during 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 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,” Wike added.