Amokachi, Dosu are ambassadors as National Principals’ Cup returns

Followers of Nigerian football have been given opportunity to relive the ‘old days,’ as the National Principals Cup, which produced such stars as Henry Nwosu, Benjamin Okorogu, Chibuzor Ehilegbu and Stephen Keshi, among others, is set to return.

However, the repackaged National Principals Cup will also feature athletics, Table Tennis, Boxing and Badminton.

The competition, which involves all the secondary schools in Nigeria, is being repackaged by the sports ministry with HideaPlus Limited as consultants.

Yesterday, the organisers of the re-branded Principal’s Cup announced three ex-internationals, Daniel Amokachi, Joseph Dosu and Mary Onyali, as the ambassadors for the competition.

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The trio were products of the school sports with Amokachi winning the competition in 1988 after getting to the knockout stages a year earlier with his school, Government College, Kaduna.

Apart from the unveiling of the brand ambassadors for the Cup, the official logo and the winners’ giant trophy were also unveiled at the event witnessed by Youth and Sports Development Minister, Sunday Dare, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Gabriel Aduda, officials of HideaPlus Limited, and Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, among others.

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According to Aduda, the main objective of the revived Principal’s Cup will be to discover and develop talents at the grassroots while also exposing them to more competitions and standard facilities.

“This historic event, the unveiling of the 2020 Principal Cup is yet another stride towards the actualization of mandates, vision and mission of the Ministry of youth and sports development,” Aduda said.

In the past, football was the only sport tagged with the Principal Cup, but the ministry has added other sports like athletics, Table Tennis, Boxing and Badminton.

In his remark, Dare said works actually started almost a year ago and despite the outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the ministry and the consultant continue to work together.

He added: “With the return of the Principals’ Cup, we won’t start begging players of the Nigerian descent who already played for the junior teams of other countries.”

In his own remark, the chairman of the Board of Trustees of HideaPlus Limited, Rafiu Ladipo, who is also the President General of the Nigeria Supporters Club, said the company will organise a befitting competition for the country.

The CEO of HideaPlus, Tony Pemu, who has been in charge of the same championships in Delta State said the body would be strict with the ages of the athletes competing in the Principals’ Cup as they are going to keep the data base of all participants.

The president of the Nigeria School Sports Federation, Olabisi Joseph (Mrs.), promised that the body would put expertise in place to have a successful Principal Cup.

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