By Anthony Ogbonna
In continuation of the process for the setting up of a Real Madrid Academy in Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Monday toured training facilities of Real Madrid Football Club.
The governor met with officials of the club, Football Megastar, Cristano Ronaldo and Real Madrid Captain, Sergio Ramos where further modalities were discussed.
A statement made available to newsmen by the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, said Governor Wike was accompanied on the inspection tour by the State Commissioner of Sports, Mr Boma Iyaye and Former Nigerian International, Adokiye Amiesimaka.
Vice President of Interact Sports, Mr Kazma and officials of Real Madrid led Governor Wike and his entourage on a guided tour of the Real Madrid Training Facility.
In the meeting with Real Madrid Stars, Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos, Governor 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,”, Governor 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 Governor Wike for his commitment to the development of the game of football.
Rivers State Sports Commissioner, Mr Boma Iyaye said that the Real Madrid Affiliated Football Academy will enhance the game of football in the state.
Governor Wike is billed to meet with the President of Real Madrid on Tuesday to formalize the agreement between the Rivers State Government and the club on the establishment of the Academy.