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Turnout, standard of Zenith Bank/Delta Principals’ Cup opening ceremony thrill organisers

By Monday Osayande, Asaba
12 October 2021   |   4:06 am
Organisers of the ongoing Delta State Principals’ Cup sponsored by Zenith Bank have commended the standard of the opening ceremony held last week at St. Patrick’s School, Asaba.

Organisers of the ongoing Delta State Principals’ Cup sponsored by Zenith Bank have commended the standard of the opening ceremony held last week at St. Patrick’s School, Asaba.

Westend Mixed Secondary School defeated Niger Mixed Secondary School 5-1 in the highly thrilling match.

Speaking on the competition, Secretary to Delta State Government, Patrick Ukah, who represented Governor Ifeanyi Okowa at the opening ceremony, said: “If the opening match is like this, you can imagine how the competition will be in the latter stages.

“We expect a good contest and I am sure we will have some future national team players from this event.

“We thank our partners, Zenith Bank, for putting smiles on the faces of the participants.”

The Chief Executive Officer of Hideaplus, the organising body for the event, Tony Pemu, also hailed the opening event.

Pemu said: “I’m happy with the turnout and the success of the opening ceremony and I want to congratulate the schools and the players for their display today. It shows that we have to keep the minds of these children working.

“It has also helped to foster unity among schools no matter the class or group you belong; seeing these children from various backgrounds playing together means a lot to us and the society.

“These kids are not just playing for the fun of it; they know that there is trophy and a lot of things to be won at the end. The school that emerged winners at the end will smile home with an 18-seater bus, including medals and other consolation prizes. So they are very happy being part of this event.”

The Hideaplus boss praised Delta State government and the sponsors, Zenith Bank, for creating the enabling environment for the youths to express themselves.

“The Commissioner for Secondary School Education, Mrs. Rose Ezewu, has been of tremendous assistance. We are confident of a good event,” Pemu added.