Rivers State Government has agreed a partnership with Spanish giants, Real Madrid to set up an academy in Port Harcourt.
Governor Nyesom Wike, who made the announcement on Tuesday, said the academy would empower the youths in the oil-rich state.
“We have young men who want to be coaches, who will be trained in Spain (going by this agreement),” ScoreNigeria quoted him as saying.
“We have our young boys and girls who want to go and play football in Spain.
“This partnership is with the best club in the world and it’s in the interest of all,”
President of the Confederation of African Football Ahmad is expected to lay the foundation stone for the academy on May 28.
The event will be celebrated with an international friendly between World Cup-bound Nigeria and DR Congo same day in Port Harcourt.
The Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwumi has disclosed that Nigeria’s friendly match against the DR Congo is not under threat in spite of the Ebola outbreak in the country.
Akinwumi stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.
He said that necessary precautionary measures had been put in place to forestall transmission of the deadly disease into Nigeria.