Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku, has lamented the fact that some children have been lying about their age and class because of admission into the Real Madrid Football Academy.
Ebeku made the observation on Monday in Port Harcourt during the Academy’s screening of prospective students, saying the unfortunate act was on the basis of what their parents taught them.
The commissioner pointed out also that some parents insisted on having their way by not obeying the guidelines as stated in the advert on age and class of their children.
“Some parents are insisting to have it their own way by not adhering to the guidelines in the advert.
“The guideline says applicants must be between the age of nine and 12 years, and must be in Junior Secondary School (JSS) One. But we have found out that some children here are 13, going to 14, and 14, going to 15 years.
“So, how do we reconcile this situation with the advert? And some of the parents have told their children to tell lies concerning their age and class,” he said.
“If the parents had not come to create this problem here, we would have been done with this exercise today. But we have been able to surmount the difficulty.”
Ebeku added that it was so ridiculous that they found out that some of the candidates were in Primary Two and Primary Three too.
“Even if they meet the age criteria, one of the conditions is, they must have completed primary school,”
“Going forward, parents should help in building a society that respects the rule of law and obey instructions,” he added
The commissioner, however, observed that the large turnout of applicants and the enthusiasm at the venue of the screening demonstrated that Governor Nyesom Wike’s approach to football development was a huge success.
“Most parents, even those that break the rule, are scrambling to key into the vision of the governor to build youths that would be of great pride to the state and Nigeria.
“This is so because we have people from places like Sokoto State, Niger and other parts of the country who are participating in the screening,” he said.
Ebeku assured parents that no candidate would be unfairly treated during the screening process, as they would all have a fair assessment.
He urged parents to always allow their wards to express their inherent talent, as the Port Harcourt-based Real Madrid Football Academy would be a platform to catch them young.
Stakeholders Excited As Wike Unveils PH Real Madrid Academy, ’Morrow
Port Harcourt Real Madrid Football Academy will officially be the commissioned tomorrow, by Honourable minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare.
The academy was initiated and completed by the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, in partnership with Real Madrid Football Club, in Spain, with the view to develop and promote grassroots football in Nigeria.
It is worthy to note that academy will run normal the school calendar, vacation and other sporting activities, apart from football.
Speaking to some stake holders, the President of Mauythai Federation of Nigeria (MFN), Comrade Paul Egonu, rated the academy high, saying that the project is laudable.
He noted that the facilities being used for the project were world class standard, both the hostels and classrooms were real conducive learning environment.
According to him, for the academy to be sustained after this administration, the state House of Assembly should pass into law for its funding and maintenance.
“I want to advise Rivers people not to see this project as Wike project; they should rather see it as Rivers State Government project.
Board constituted to run the affairs of the academy, there should be yearly budget for it, so that issue of funds will not crumble the academy, after this government,” Egonu said.
The proprietor of Blessed Soccer Football Academy, Blessed Ogbonda, also commended the state governor, Nyesom Wike, for the vision to promote grassroots football.
He noted the academy was first of its kind in this part of the world, saying that what interests him more is the combination of football and academics.
“Honestly, I must say that the project is one of the best in the world. It has given hope to the grassroots coaches,” Ogbonda said.
Before now, the Technical Adviser of Super Eagles, Gernort Rohr, had also scored the infrastructure of Real Madrid Academy in Port Harcourt high.
He stated that what captured his interest most was the combination of normal school curriculum and football.
He further stated that what he saw could be compared to the best football academies in Europe.
“The infrastructure are very high, they are like the best ones in Europe, like Spain, Barcelona and Valencia football academies. In Germany, we have Bayern Munich football academy. We also have in France,” Rohr said.
The technical adviser explained that football academies has produced some prominent players like Paul Pogba and the rest.
He commended Rivers State governor, Barrister Nyesom Wike for doing a great job.
Also, Special Assistant to Rivers State Governor on the Academy, Barrister Christopher Green, said, that he was not in doubt that the institution would produce the best next generation of athletes in the country.
“At the moment, even before the formal invitation for application, the academy has received over 6,000 applications and still counting. This goes to show the quality of the facility the state government has put on ground and how the people have perceived it”, said Barr Green.
The academy project was conceived by Governor Nyesom Wike a little over a year ago and has been built with the technical partnership of Real Madrid Football Club, Spain, with a view to developing football talents and the youths in the state and Nigeria at large.
According to Green, the management of the academy has got one of the best recruitment agents in the world and the teaching model would be different from the usual.
“The Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has passion for football and we are going to combine the game and academics.
It is not our doing, but the Almighty God led Governor Wike to give this to Rivers people and Nigeria in general.
Wike is a miracle worker, not everybody gave him or us a chance, but today we are all living witnesses to what is happening.
I also believe that the next generation of very good athletes would come out of here.
We have gotten one of the best recruitment agents, the teachers and instructors would use different model from others to teach, so that it will be easier to understand,” Barrister Green said.
He explained that the academy will run normal school calendar for six years’ programme, adding that the important aspect of the academy is that, if anyone could not cope in the sporting area, the person can have vocation training in other areas like, electrical, automobile, Telecom and other departments.
Stories by: Tonye Orabere
Okon Attributes Rivers Angels’ Performance To Dedication, Hardwork
Head Coach of Rivers Angels Football Club of Port Harcourt, Edwin Okon, has attributed his side’s recent form in the 2020/2021 Nigeria Women Football league (NWFL) Premiership season to dedication and hardwork.
The reigning NWFL champions who are yet to taste defeat in this season’s campaign have been without their first choice central defenders, AmaechiOjini and Margaret Etim in three straight games.
In spite of this, the Jewel Of Rivers have recorded 2 away victories and 2 home win, a feat Okon described as impeccable.
“The League has been a very strong one so far, but I’m happy with how things are going,” began the former Super Falcons coach.
“I thank God for how it’s been from week one to the last week in Port Harcourt.
“The dedication and hard work from players always lead to success and discipline as well.
“I have quality players who are always ready to step in when the need arises.
“You can see that I have been without my two centrals but it hasn’t in any way affected our game because those called upon have been doing the job,” Okon added.
Rivers Angels FC is now warming up to visit Dreamstars Ladies FC in one of the Week 9 fixtures of the 2020/2021 NWFL season scheduled to hold in Lagos State, at the Agege Township Stadium, Agege
Dreamstars Ladies have not been too visible since the inception of the premiership this season, but we still have to prepare to meet them. Things might change,” he said.
“There are no pushovers in women’s football today as far as I’m concerned,” Okon said.
Rivers Angels are 2nd on the log with 20 points while Dreamstars Ladies FC are currently at the bottom with 3 points from 8 matches played so far.
It would be recalled that the. Jewels of Rivers defeated their opponent Royal Queens 3-0 in the week 8 fixtures played at the University of Port Harcourt Football pitch (UNIPORT), Choba.
While Dreamstars Ladies FC lost 0-5 to host, FC Robo Queens at the Legacy pitch, National Stadium, Surulere.
Coach Targets African Youth Volleyball Championship Success
Head coach of the Nigeria team, Mohammed Sani at the weekend, said that his target was to win the ongoing U-19 Boys African Nations Volleyball Championship, in Abuja.
Sani told journalists, after winning the second match against Gambia 3-1, that his team would work hard to secure a ticket for the World Cup in Iran.
He said he was satisfied with the performance of his players which gave them a good result.
“The match was not as tough as the match against Cameroon. I still have one match to go which will give me assurance of going to Iran for the World Cup
“We need to work on court and nest defence and then a cute of intellectual of the players.
“My target is to win the African Youth tournament which will give me a ticket to Iran, the target is very achievable,” Sani said.
Tidesports source gathered that in the match played at the MoshoodAbiola National stadium, the Nigerian team was on top of their game to defeat their Gambian counterparts.
Nigeria beat Gambia 25-20 in the first set, Gambia fought back to win the second set 25-23.
The Nigerian team fought back to take the third set 25-20 and also won the fourth set 25-19 to achieve the 3-1 final score line.
Speaking with newsmen, the Coach of Gambia, Marie Wadda, said her players played well even though they lost their second match.
“We wanted to win this game, but it turned out the other way for us.
“The race is between the three of us, Cameroon has four points, now Nigeria has five points with this win, we are with two points..
“We will work hard to win our match on Sunday against Cameroon to have five points, we only played with 10 players and the substitution was not coming forth from my side.
“My players displayed good skills in their game and I am proud of them,” she said.
The U-18 Girls and U-19 Boys African Nations Volleyball championship, which started on Thursday is expected to end tomorrow.
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