Organisers of the annual Zenith Bank/Delta State Principals’ Cup competition amongst secondary schools in the state have revealed plans to float the first ever African and World Principals’ Cup competitions in the coming years, Completesports.com reports.
Apparently buoyed by the huge success of the the Zenith Bank/ Delta State Principals’ Cup which third edition came to a fitting end Monday at Stephen Keshi stadium, Asaba on Monday, Tony Pemu, Chief executive officer, Hideaplus, Project Consultant for the championship, disclosed that some players have been pencilled down from the competition to form the Football Clinic that will be kick started in the coming months.
Obule Integrated Schools, Sapele came from behind to beat Boys Secondary School, Obiaruku, 2-1 to emerge Champions.
The champions took home The Star prize of N1m as well as an 18-seater bus donated by the state government.
“This Zenith Bank Delta State Principals’ Cup started in 2017 and I’m glad we’ve made huge progress,” a visibly delighted Pemu said.
“This is the third edition. It could have come earlier, but for the Presidential and Governorship
“We are delighted with the success, no incidents, the weather was absolutely friendly, the players exhibited wonderful skills. And from this competition we have pencilled down some names who will form the foundation of the football clinic we want start in the state in the coming months.
“Over all, we are pleased with the success, the support of the state government and Zenith Bank.
“This is just the third edition and we are already projecting that in five years, we will have the first African Principals’ Cup tournament.
“That will also be followed by the World Principals’ Cup, say, in seven years time,” Pemu stressed.
Delta State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa promised that the state government and it’s partners will continue to be there for the youths of the state.
He disclosed that physical development of the youths is top on the priorities of his administration, stressing that in sports, Delta will continue to be in the forefront.
“You will recall that in the last National Sports Festival in Abuja, Team Delta won over 40% of the overall medals,” Okowa said.
He disclosed that the Headmasters’ Cup competition will soon kick off amongst Primary Schools in the state, hinting that, like their Principals’ Cup counterparts, winners will receive a brand new bus as well as cash prize.
Governor Okowa paid tribute to the Ministry of Basic/ Secondary Education for ensuring the success of the competition.
“I learnt over 700 schools participated in the competition this year. It is a huge credit for the Ministry of Basic/ Secondary Education for ensuring the large number of schools took part in the competition,” Governor Okowa added.