Twenty-seven schools that emerged as champions from the state finals in the ongoing 17th edition of the NNPC-Shell Cup for Nigerian secondary schools sponsored by the Shell Petroleum Development Company Joint Venture are currently battling for honours at the zonal preliminaries.
According to the Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF), organisers of the event, the state champions are now competing in the zonal preliminaries between April 27 and May 1 in nine zones.
The quarterfinals will take place from May 8-11, while the semi-final and the final matches are slated for May 22 and 24 respectively at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.
A press statement by Shell, made available to Extra Time quoted SPDC’s Sustainable Development and Community Relations Manager, Mr. Igo Weli as saying the tournament would help to discover talent.
Weli said, “The NNPC-Shell Cup tournament has created a platform for the discovery of new football talent, some of whom have subsequently played for the Nigerian national teams at all levels.
“Every new edition comes with new excitement and innovations to help our young talented footballers blend their academic pursuit with their passion.”
He added that the international exposure of team coaches and the players to foreign technical crew from the renowned Feyenoord Football Academy of the Netherlands was meant to upscale the tournament’s standard.