Four schools vie for trophies, prizes at JRYF football tourney
Four schools are set to vie for honours at the Jayden Robinson Youth Foundation (JRYF) Secondary School Football Competition, which starts today at the Jayden Robinson Sports Centre, Abueke, Ihitte/Uboma, Imo State.
Eight secondary schools from Okigwe Zone 2 started the race on December 11, and after two days of eight highly entertaining and competitive knockout matches that produced eight goals, the four finalists emerged.
The schools, Abueke Community School, Amainyi High School, Madonna Science School and Amainyi Nta Community Secondary, will play in the semifinals with the meeting in the final also today.
Speaking on the event, founder of Jayden Robinson Youth Foundation, Jayden Robinson, said: “I feel tremendously happy at the results we’ve achieved so far. Seeing all the schools, students and even the principals turn out to be part of this competition is highly encouraging. The talent displayed by these young ones shows that the future of football in Imo State and Nigeria, in general, is very bright.”
He said the competition was aimed at giving students in the zone the opportunity to join Jayden Robinson Sports Academy, adding, “We have set out to achieve short- and long-term goals. While we want to foster communal spirit with events like this and keep the youngsters busy with periodic competitions, we also want to put a state-of-the-art sports centre in the community, groom athletes there in a variety of sporting disciplines, provide sustainable opportunities for them and maximise business opportunities that can drastically change the ecosystem in this part of the world.”
There would be individual awards for best goalkeeper, best player and top goal scorer.