Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike said back in June that the Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt, Nigeria will be completed in August. Due to the pandemic, the academy was not completed on time.
The academy has now fully been completed and will start it’s purpose from December, since recruitment of teachers and professors is now ongoing.
Online application has been opened to Nigerian kids from age 5 to 17 to register. 70 per cent of the students of the academy would be from Rivers, while other Nigerians would form 30 per cent of the school’s intake.
The academy was copied from Spain when the Governor visited and discussed with them and brought this plan into existence. The Nigerian version is expected to run alongside the blueprint from Spain.
The NFF President who visited the site some weeks ago said that the facilities at the academy are top notch and comparable to any of the best football academies across the world.
“I have seen academies in other parts of the world; as the president of NFF, I have been opportuned to go round the world, what I have seen here is super, super impressive. The beauty of the academy is that it has world-class facilities, the hostel, the labs, the gym, the dining; the finishing is superb. – Pinnick.
Are we going to see the likes of Taribo West and other host of exceptional players to come through from this Academy? Time will tell.