Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Sunday disclosed that 70 percent of the intakes of the Real Madrid Football Club Academy in Port Harcourt will be indigenes of the state.
Concise News reports that Wike made this known in a tweet after he opened the academy on Saturday, September 21.
According to him, 30 percent of the other intakes will come from other states in Nigeria.
“Yesterday’s opening of the Real Madrid Academy, PH is a dream come true & we are eleted beyond words. Our ultimate goal is to put Nigeria on the map by producing the best footballers in the world,” the number one citizen of the oil-rich state tweeted on Sunday afternoon.
“70% of Intakes (ages 6-17) will be from Rivers State & 30% from other States.”
Yesterday’s opening of the Real Madrid Academy, PH is a dream come true & we are eleted beyond words. Our ultimate goal is to put Nigeria on the map by producing the best footballers in the world.
70% of Intakes (ages 6-17) will be from Rivers State & 30% from other States. pic.twitter.com/NDfy3D6mPU
— Gov N E Wike Information. (@GovWike) September 22, 2019
Wike’s equivalent from Oyo State, Governor Seyi Makinde, commissioned the ultra-modern football training facility in the presence of officials of Real Madrid Football Club and Rivers State Government.
Speaking at the opening, Makinde said that the Academy would groom the next generation of stars.
“There has always been great football talents from Rivers State. Great players like Taribo West, Finidi George and Joseph Yobo. This project will create more stars,” Makinde said.
“As a person who lived in Port Harcourt, I know the high level of infrastructural development the state has witnessed under Governor Wike.”
This news medium understands that the project was completed 16 months after its foundation was laid.
What Real Madrid Manager Said About Governor Wike
Inigo Vallejo, the Area Manager of Real Madrid Foundation for Africa and Middle East, has commended Governor Wike for making the Real Madrid Academy in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, excellent.
Vallejo commended the governor of the oil-rich state during a courtesy visit to him at the Government House on Saturday.
He said: “Mr Governor, you had a dream to deliver sports programmes to the children of Rivers State.
“Real Madrid has responded to your dream and today, we have the mother of all football Alacademies in Africa.”