Young pplayers of between eight and 16 would have hope of moving into one of the world’s best football academies being constructed in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, but many worry over the long-term future of such a laudable project.
The worry stems from the fate previous novel projects have suffered the moment their initiators leave office. Most of the foreign partners usually flee and the new governments turn the centres to other matters.
Governor Nyesom Wike came up with the idea after allegedly visiting his darling club in Spain few times. The idea led to the plan to establish an academy patterned alongside Real Madrid. The governor hugged and shook hands with the likes of Cristian Ronaldo in their dressing rooms and came home to establish the academy.
The foundation stone was laid by CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad, and job started. Now, constrction of the super structure is said to be progressing fast in the Garden City to be ready by end of the year or January 2019.
Rivers State Government has stated that the Real Madrid Football Academy would be completed between December 2018 and January 2019.
Addressing journalists after an inspection visit to the site of the academy in Port Harcourt on Saturday, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Sports, Mr James Enebeli said that construction work at the academy is progressing.
He said since the project was flagged off by CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has followed through to ensure the commencement of work.
The Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Sports noted that the sub-structure of the two-story building that will accommodate the administrative block of the academy has been completed.
He added that the sub-structure around the 1500 Spectator Stand of the academy has been completed.
He said: “We are expecting the completion of this important project by December or January. This is an important project that will be beneficial to the state.
“Children between 8 and 16years will be accomodated in this academy. Even the host community will feel the positive impact “.
Project Manager of the Real Madrid Football Academy, Ramez Resheed assured that the contractors will deliver a quality project.
He noted that all the facilities and personnel needed for the construction have been mobilised to site. He stressed that the last set of components have been ordered from France.
The Project Manager stated that there will be no stoppage of construction work till the completion of the project.
Governor Wike is constructing the Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt to groom international football stars and empower the youths.
As a result, the Governor signed a memorandum of understanding with the management of Real Madrid Football Club after meeting top officials during a visit to Madrid.