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Principals’ Cup: Ministry of Sports rallies support for zonal finals

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By Muhyideen Jimoh

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has called on sports stakeholders to support and participate in the relaunch of the National Directors Cup competition as it enters the zonal stages.

Dr Ademola Are, director of grassroots sport development at the ministry, told the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in an interview Thursday in Abuja that it was crucial to bring back the glamor of the competition.

He said the zonal final which kicked off Thursday in the country’s six geopolitical zones will end on March 22, with teams emerging for the grand final in Abuja.

“We want more support from stakeholders as we enter the zonal phase of competition because this is the best of our youngsters in sports and education on display,” he said.

Are, who is also the chairman of the main organizing committee (MOC) for the competition, said the expanded competition which now includes football, track and field and table tennis was part of efforts to develop the sport at the base.

“Thirty-seven secondary schools are vying for honors in the zonal finals, where we will have 24 table tennis players, 144 athletes and six soccer teams qualified for the final in Abuja,” added.

NAN reports that the states where the zonal finals are held include: Kaduna (northwest), Bauchi (northeast), Plateau (central-north), Oyo (southwest), Enugu (southeast) and l Edo state (south-south).

He said the competition’s grand final would be held March 26-31 at Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja in the presence of former internationals and other dignitaries.

The NAN also reports that the relaunched National CEO’s Cup is an initiative by Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare aimed at the development of grassroots sport, especially in schools. (NOPE)

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