Ahead of the kick off of the second edition of the Zenith Bank Delta Principals Cup, two former captains of Nigeria’s national team, Segun Odegbami and Henry Nwosu, have called on the participating students and organisers to ensure consistency in maintaining the authencity of the programme, saying schools sports and the revival of the Principals Cup is the sure way to go towards the growth of the country’s sport.
Noting that Delta State has always led the way in sports development, Odegbami pointed out that the benefits of the Principals Cup are enormous if good organization is sustained.
On his part, Nwosu who played in several Principals Cup and went straight into the national team from the Academicals insisted that the students must maintain a good balance between sports and education.
“The revival of the Principals Cup is the way to go and I congratulate Delta State for their leadership in sports development just as I wish the students all the best,,”Odegbami said.
“I call on the organisers to ensure the authencity of the event so that we can all enjoy the enormous benefits. They must strive to ensure that there is no cheating. It was the issue of cheating that destroyed the efficacy of the Principals Cup. Now that it is being revived, we must let the students know that it is not mostly about winning but more about development. I truly congratulate Delta State and wish them all the best.”
Nwosu who was at the closing ceremony of the first edition, alongside Victor Ikpeba and other ex-Super Eagles players, was all nostalgic about the experience, saying that it was very enjoyable for him and calling for a repeat performance.
“The last edition was very well organized. It was very peaceful and interesting. I saw great young talents and I am looking forward to seeing some of them in the limelight of the career. I hope the organisers will maintain the good record and even surpass it. They should take time to amend whatever flaws that may have been noticed in the first outing. Though, I didn’t spot any significant flaws but it can always be better.
“For the students, I advice that they take the competition seriously, enjoy the moments but do not forget their studies. Education is key to life. We played great football but still attended to our studies. So, as they go into the competition, it can be 50:50 but after the competition, they have to revert to 80:20 in favour of their studies,” Nwosu adviced.
The second edition of the Zenith Bank Delta State Principals Cup kicks off on Wednesday, November 1, at the St Patrick’s College, Asaba, with defending champions, Master Care International School, Asaba, taking on neighbours, Comprehensive Secondary School, Ogwashi-Uku to commence the zonal preliminaries.
Speaking at the unveiling of the programmes for the competition, the Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chiedu Ebie, said the competition is a flagship project of his ministry and called for deeper partnership between the public and private sector towards school sports development, pointing out that it is a major avenue to discover, nurture and empower the younger generation.