Chief Marketing Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Francesco Angelone has expressed satisfaction with the level of the competition as well as the passion displayed by the teams at the just concluded Etisalat U-15 School Cup.
Angelone told Extra Time that: “37 Secondary schools began with us at the preliminaries last year and eight regional teams emerged for the quarter-finals stage in Lagos and the thrilling semi-final matches produced the finalists.
“We commend all the teams that took part in the competition because Etisalat U-15 School Cup is our own way of providing a platform for these young footballers to express their passion for the game and be rewarded for it.”
Angelone added that their partnership with FC Barcelona continues to discover and mould budding talent for African football.
In his own contribution, President, Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF), Mallam Ibrahim Mohammad commended Etisalat Nigeria for creating such platform for secondary school students in the country to showcase their talent.
“We are proud to partner with Etisalat in this rewarding initiative. The idea is to marry football with education and we believe that all the participants have benefited positively from the initiative,” he said.
In the final match, Government Secondary School, Imo, emerged winners of the second edition of the Etisalat U-15 School Cup after beating Government Model School, Bida, Niger by 4-2 and carting home the trophy in a thrilling final game played at the Campos Square Mini-Stadium, Lagos Island last weekend.
For its feat, the winning school also took home the star prize of N2 million educational award and N50,000 each to players of the team, while the first-runner up Government Model School, Bida, Niger, went home with N1 million and N30,000 for each player of the team.
The second runner-up, Winners College Akure, Ondo who defeated Washington Memorial Grammar School, Anambra through penalty shootout after both schools had played for 90 minutes and extra time received the sum of N750,000 and each player took home N20,000.