Nine coaches from the Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt has departed for Spain for training ahead of the opening commencement of the academy in Rivers State.
The Commissioner for Sports Rivers State BOMA IYAYE while speaking to the coaches before their departure to Spain said the academy was initiated to boost football development in the country.
BOMA IYAYE said the Real Madrid Academy is now 75 percent completed and will be fully functional by the end of April
BOMA IYAYE also appeal to the coaches to be good ambassadors of Rivers State while in Spain.
He urged the coaches to be disciplined while in Spain and also charged them to focus on their training and seminars.
Iyaye reminded the coaches that the training is not a guarantee for employment stating that the State Government will drop any coach that is found wanting in character.
The Rivers State Commissioner for Sports also commended Governor Nyesom Wike for his vision in initiating the Real Madrid Academy project noting that the academy will serve as a breeding group of football talent in Nigeria and Africa.
On his part, the Project Coordinator of the Real Madrid Football Academy and one of the selected coaches, ELDRED SUNJI ABBEY said the coaches will do their best to get the best of knowledge during the training in Spain.
He said that the coaches are determined to make the academy the best in Africa.
Another selected coach for the trip and former Captain of the defunct Sharks football club of Port Harcourt Odinga Odinga said the coaches will do their best to get the best of knowledge in Spain so as to impact the same on the kids that will enroll in the academy.
Our correspondent reports that the coaches will spend two weeks in Spain for their training.