Delta State’s Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebie has charged the participants in the third edition of the Principals Cup football competition in the state to embrace discipline and fair play.
Ebie stated that the tournament, revived two years ago courtesy of a partnership agreement between the sponsors, Zenith Bank plc and the government of Delta State, was purely a developmental and talent discovery venture.
He charged the organisers to go by the rules of the Federation of International Football (FIFA) and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to ensure a true winner emerges at the end of the competition.
Ebie said: “In trying to identify and groom talents, we have to also ensure we are bringing up footballers who are of right ages with high level of discipline on and off the pitch. This is very important and that is the only way the sponsors, Zenith Bank and government of Delta State will be happy of building talents for the country.
“All the schools must comply with the rules and they must be well behaved at all times.”
In the opening match of the competition decided at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Wednesday, Comprehensive Secondary School, Ogwashi-Uku defeated St Anthony’s College Ubulu-Uku 4-1 in an entertaining match in which George Favour of Comprehensive Secondary School recorded a hat-trick.
Otokutu Grammar School also at the weekend defeated Egbo Grammar School 4-2, while Ovmor Memorial Secondary School pipped Okpare Government School 1-0.
Source: G Sport