The second edition of the Delta State Principals Cup football competition for all secondary schools officially starts today in Asaba.
The defending Champions, Mastercare International School Asaba will engage Comprehensive Secondary School , Ogwasi-Uku , in the kick off tie of what has been tagged Season 2 of the competition.
All the Local Governments in the state will be represented in the tournament that will start with the zonal preliminaries before getting into the final knock out stage.
The sponsors, Zenith Bank, will have Deputy Managing Director, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, representing the Group Managing Director, Peter Amangbo, while Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, who has this programme on his heart, will be represented by the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chiedu Ebie, at the opening ceremony.
Okowa, it would be recalled at the closing ceremony of the first edition announced a scholarship award of N200,000 each for the individual winners throughout their secondary school education.
Today’s kick-off will however be handled by Onyeagwu by 12noon at the St. Patrick Secondary School in Asaba to officially declare the tournament open.
Our correspondent reports that the Local Organising Committee for the tournament and the officials of the state government have been working round the clock to ensure a smooth take off of the developmental competition.
“We are getting ready to stage a good event from all areas because our youths but be engaged and we have to boost their future through their talents,” Ebie said.
It could be recalled that the Zenith GMD, Amangbo, at the weekend promised that the Season 2 of the tournament would be more glamorous for the participants.
“The enthusiasm of the players in the last edition was impressive and we also had good feedback about the skills exhibited in various centres during the competition and that is why we have to improve with every edition,” Amangbo said.
Over 1,200 private secondary schools and 446 public government secondary schools took part in the maiden edition which had Master Card International Secondary School emerging tops after beating Iderghe Secondary School 2-1 in the final.