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Zenith/Delta Principals’ Cup kicks off in 25 local councils today


[FILES] Former Head of State, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, and Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa meet the players before last year’s final of the Zenith Bank/Delta Principals’ Cup for Secondary Schools at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.

Students of secondary schools across Delta State will go to ‘war’ from today in search of fame and honours in football. It is the 2019/2020 Zenith Bank/Delta Principals’ Cup competition, which will kick off by 4.00 p.m. today across the 25 Local Councils in the state.

About 850 private and public secondary schools have so far registered to participate in this year’s edition of the competition.
Already, the organisers have assured that all the logistics have been put in place for a successful kick-off of the preliminaries ahead of the main draw billed for the Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba on September 30.


The competition, which is in its fourth edition, is expected to get better in all areas this term as the final is also taking place later in the year and not next year as it was in the last three editions.

Speaking at the weekend, Delta State’s Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah assured that the tournament would be hitch-free.

Ukah said: “The players expected to take part are the leaders of tomorrow and so we want the best for them since this is their foundation in the game.

“We are going to try our best to make this an improvement on last year’s edition.”

The Chief Executive Officer of Hideaplus Limited, organisers of the competition, Tony Pemu, said the tournament is wearing new look already.

“We normally spill to the next year but this time everything ends this year. We have all the logistics in place to make the competition more interesting,” Pemu said

Also speaking on the competition, Manager, Zenith Bank Branch 1 Asaba, Dickson Egede said the bank would continue to boost sports in Nigeria.

“We are committed to the growth of sports generally and that is why we are pleased with the catch them young policy of the Delta state Government,” he said.

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