College of Commerce defeats Osadennis, retains Zenith Bank/Delta Principals’ Cup
Defending champions of the annual Zenith Bank/Delta Principals’ Cup, College of Commerce, Warri, became the first team in the history of the competition since its return six years ago, to defend the title after defeating Osadenis Mixed School 5-3 on penalties. The final of the competition was played at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, yesterday.
The game watched by several dignitaries, including Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, witnessed no goal in the first half.
College of Commerce piled pressure on their opponents but failed to make their dominance count as the second half also ended goalless, leading to a straight penalty shoot out.
Orido David, in goal for College of Commerce, was the hero as he saved Ewa Victor’s penalty before wrapping it up with the final kick to lead his side to a back-to-back title win.
To get to the final, the College of Commerce won their semifinal 21 to 20 on penalties and showed how good they were in the final.
Speaking during the final, the CEO of Zenith Bank, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, represented by the Group Zonal Head, Zenith Bank PLC, Delta Zone, Lucky Ighade, said the Principal’s Cup had created the required platform needed for the players to compete fiercely at a higher level.
“The skills demonstrated by these young lads are very impressive,” he said.
“A total of 376 public and private secondary schools participated so far in this edition and we are proud of that turnout.
“The bank remains committed to furthering the economic, cultural and social development of host communities, particularly through community-based initiatives and philanthropy.
“Our profound appreciation goes to the state government, under Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, for creating the platform and enabling environment for us to thrive and anchor this sports initiative.”
Earlier in the day, Alaka Grammar School, Ozoro defeated Ovwor Mixed Secondary School, Ovwor, 3-2 in the third-place match.