The final of the Zenith Bank-sponsored Principals Cup Football Competition for all Secondary Schools in Delta State has been scheduled for March 3.
This is the Season 2 of the tournament. Final venue is the ultra-modern stadium at the Delta State Polytechnic in Ozoro. Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, and the Group managing Director of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo, are expected to lead other top dignitaries to the event.
Organisers of the event revealed the final date at the weekend after rolling out the fixtures for the zonal stage, quarterfinal, semis and the final. Head of the organising team, Tony Pemu, told journalists that the fixtures were released that way to exhibit transparency. Pemu said: “We preach fairness to the participating teams and we should be transparent in the discharge of our responsibilities.
All the teams from this stage know their potential opponents as they progress and so there is no issue of favouritism at all.
“There is still a long way to go but we are intensifying efforts on our operations because this is the last stretch to the final match.” Between January 23 and 25, zonal elimination matches involving all the Local Government champions will take place in 10 centres and only eight qualifiers will emerge for the quarterfinals slated for four different centres at venues yet to be determined from February 13 to 16.
The semifinals will take place on February 21 and 22 at venues also yet to be determined by the organising team while the final is March 3.
It will be recalled that the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, was among the top football personalities that witnessed the final of the inaugural edition, which was the first in 28 years. Former internationals like Victor Ikpeba, Victor Agali, Samson Ozogula, Sam Sodje, Humphrey Jebba, Edema Fuludu, Ifeanyi Udeze, Henry Nwosu and Alfred Anijeku were also on hand to witness the entertaining final.
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