All is set for over 1,000 schools across Nigeria to jostle for glory and honour, as the National Principal’s Cup, revived by the Sports Minister Sunday Dare, enters its 2nd edition.
The championship kicked off from the state level on Thursday, the 24th of November 2022, before moving to the zonal finals.
This 2nd edition, aims to replicate the success of the first edition that was held in 2021. The first edition, amongst other successes, produced a player Onuche Ogbelu who went on to represent Nigeria’s U-20 men’s National Team, the Flying Eagles, where he helped the team win the WAFU U20 tourney.
During the first edition of the National Principal’s Cup, he represented eventual football champions, FOSLA Academy and has now gone on to sign for NPFL side, Nassarawa United.
Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare stated that his administration will continue to prioritise grassroots development, as it remains the fulcrum of his mandate.
Dare said, “we are glad about the 2nd edition of the National Principal’s Cup, as we have had to plan amidst our very tight schedules in the Ministry with the National Sports Festival in sight.”
“However, we have a clear vision to keep unearthing and nurturing talents. For our sports to keep growing, the production pipeline must keep churning out talents.”
After the State finals, the competition will go to the zonal level between December 11-15th, before the national finals is held between 18 – 22nd January, 2023.