‘Zenith Delta Principals’ Cup screening continues till final day’
• Quarterfinalists emerge today in eight centres
The Chairman, Technical Committee of the ongoing Zenith Bank/Delta Principals’ Cup football competition, Lucky Sunday, has declared that the screening process of the tournament will not end until the final day. Sunday said the Technical and Verification Committee (TVC) of the competition has made so much progress in the 2019 edition, which started last month.
He revealed that some schools were disqualified at the Local Government preliminary stage, while some players were individually expelled as well.
In the final stages of the local council preliminaries, about five players from different schools were expelled, he added.
The Tech Committee boss said: “We are determined to avoid giving any team an undue advantage over the other. There are various means we use aside the mandatory birth certificate and school identification documents.
“The TVC officials visit the schools unannounced to verify and ask questions accordingly. I personally visited nine schools. In the committee, we have 10 people that are seasoned football administrators and we are all working hard to ensure a true winner emerges.”
For the zonal eliminations in eight centres, Sunday added that the TVC would still be on duty.
The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary School Education in Delta State, Chief Patrick Ukah, said he was impressed with the process so far.
Ukah charged all the officials of the developmental competition to maintain the high standards expected in the tournament.
“We are trying to teach the young ones the rudiments of the game and it has to be with the best standards in terms of facilities, officiating and general operations,” Ukah noted.
After the opening zonal games yesterday, decisive matches of this stage of the competition take place in eight centres tomorrow to determine the quarterfinalists of the 2019 edition of the competition.