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NIGERIA: Quarter finalists emerge in Delta Governor’s Cup

Governor Emmanuel UduaghanAfter days of soccer battle, seven schools have qualified for the quarterfinal of the on-going Delta State Governor’s Cup Soccer championship. The zonal elimination began in Asaba, Agbor, Kwale, Oghara, Sapele, Okpara, Ughelli and Warri last Monday and ended on Wednesday.

Comprehensive secondary school, Ogwashi-Uku, finished top at Agbor zone after winning all two matches. The school defeated UgboluSecondary School 11-1 in their first game before handing a 1-0 defeat to Niger Mixed secondary school of Asaba on Match Day 2.

In the game against Niger Mixed secondary school,  Anene Ugo scored the only goal in the sixth minute to give his side the day. His left strike from the centre of the field was too much for Niger Mixed school goalkeeper.

Ugo and midfielder, Felix Oseme, won the heart of all spectators present at the venue with their accurate passes and style of play.

 They may have played themselves into the Delta State Academicals team, which Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan has mandated the Prof Patrick Moubaghare-led Local Organising Committee (LOC) to set up after the competition. Another player who contributed to the success of Comprehensive school so far in the competition is defender, Joseph Isiekwene.

GbenobaGrammar School, Agbor, made it from Asaba Zone, where it defeated Ute-Okpo secondary school 1-0 to secure six points from two games.

Other quarterfinalists are Emo-eniGrammar School Ellu, Community secondary school Ogume, Alegbo secondary school Effurun, Edjekota secondary school Edjekota and Baptist High School Orerokpe. There was no winner at Okpara zone after Dom-domingos secondary school of Warri and Mein Grammar school of Kiagbodo tied with same number of points after two games. A re-play was expected yesterday.

While the boys were battling on the pitch, their principals and members of staffs were drumming and praying silently for their teams to scale through.

The reason is simple. The winner of this maiden edition of the Delta Governor’s Cup, which started with over 500 schools in November last year, will get a school bus and foreign trip as well as cash reward of N2million, while the second position will get a school bus and cash of N1million. The third position will get cash reward of N500,000.

As the boys from GbenobaSecondary School were battling their counterparts from Ute-Okpu at St. Patrick’s College in Asaba for the group ticket, the

Principal of GbenobaSchool, Emmanuel Onyeugbo, was praying for god of soccer to see his boys through. His prayer was answered at the boys won 1-0 to top the group.

He said: “This is my last term as principal of Gbenoba secondary school because we will be handing over to the Missionaries by August this year. My prayer is for my boys to win this trophy so that I will get the opportunity of traveling with them abroad. Now that we are in the quarterfinal, I will continue with my fasting and prayer until we lift the trophy.

“I have been a principal for 23 years now and this is my second year in this school. I will be glad if my boys can win this Governor’s Cup for me and the entire people of Agbor,” Onyeugbo stated.

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