Authorities in Nigeriaâ€™s southern oil-rich Rivers state are collaborating with Spanish giants Real Madrid to build a football academy in the country, the local governor said on Tuesday.
Governor Nyesom Wike said the academy would empower youths in the oil-rich state.
â€œWe have young men who want to be coaches, who will be trained in Spain,â€ said Wike, whose state government sponsors top Nigerian club Rivers United.
â€œWe have our young boys and girls who want to go and play football in Spain.
â€œThis partnership is with the best club in the world and itâ€™s in the interest of all.â€
He said the president of the Confederation of African Football, Ahmad Ahmad, will perform the foundation-laying ceremony for the academy in Port Harcourt on May 28, the day of an international friendly between World Cup-bound Nigeria and DR Congo.