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RSG Sends 9 Coaches To Real Madrid …As SWAN Holds Award Night

Nine coaches selected by the Rivers State government for the Real Madrid Football Academy in the state have departed the shores of Nigeria for Madrid, Spain.

The selected coaches include: Sonny Iseokweinma, Victor Babayaro, Nwanyama Sony Gabriel, Egba Joseph, Destiny Mathew, Isaac Atonye Thomas, Oedinga Odinga, and Eldered Songu who serve as coordinator for the team.

Boma Iyaye, Rivers State Commissioner for Sports told sports writers that the team was the first batch of trainee coaches for the academy and will spend 2 weeks at the parent Real Madrid Academy in Spain.

He urged the trainees to be good ambassadors of the state.

He stated that the state government will soon come up with the admission criteria for the academy, adding that only talented kids would be admitted into the academy.

Meanwhile, the sports community in Rivers State will on Friday, March 29, converge at the prestigious Landmark Hotel in Port Harcourt for the 2018 Sports award event organised by the State Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN).

The event will attract a cream of sports stakeholders and prominent personalities in Nigeria.

A statement issued by the Secretary of the Organising Committee, Chukwudi Ejimofor, said the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike (CON), PoS Africa is expected to be the Special Guest of Honour.

Other guests expected to grace the event from the state included Bro Felix Obua, Chairman Go-Round Football Club and the State Commissioner of Sports, Hon. Boma Iyaye amongst others, while veteran footballer, Chief Adokiye Amiesimaka will be Chairman of the occasion.

The awards which are in various categories will be used to recognize individuals who have contributed to the promotion and development of sports in Rivers State, and also honour members of Rivers SWAN who have excelled in sports journalism over the years particularly in the 2018 sports year.

The categories of awards as listed by the committee includes Sports Presenter of the year – (Print, Radio and Television); Sports Editor of the  year, Grassroots Sports Writer of the Year, Sports Photographer of the Year, Sports Blogger of the year and Sports Analysts (Broadcast media) of the year.

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