NNPC Shell Cup: 27 Schools qualify for zonal preliminaries
According to the Nigerian School Sports Federation, organisers of the event, the state champions will now compete in zonal preliminaries starting from today to May 1 in nine zones.
The quarterfinals will take place from May 8, while the semifinal and the final matches are slated for May 22 and 24 respectively at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.
The NNPC-Shell Cup tournament has created a platform for the discovery of new football talents, some of whom have subsequently played for the Nigerian national team at all levels.
“Every new edition comes with new excitement to help our young talents blend their academic pursuit with their passion,” said SPDC’s Sustainable Development and Community Relations Manager, Mr. Igo Weli, who added that the international exposure of team coaches and the players to foreign technical crew from the renowned Feyenoord Football Academy of the Netherlands was meant to upscale the tournament’s standard.
According to Weli, Super Eagles’ Ejike Uzoenyi, who was the most valuable player at the 2013 CHAN and Idowu Akinjide, who was a member of the victorious Golden Eaglets that won the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, are both products of the NNPC-Shell Cup tournament.