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Etisalat U-15 School Cup National Finals Begins in Lagos

...Winning teams to get Millions of cash rewards
By Uche Peter

Lagos, Nigeria; November 21, 2016: The eight teams that qualified for the National Finals of the third season of the Etisalat U-15 School Cup have begun their quest for the Tournament’s grand prize at the Digital Bridge Institute, Oshodi, Lagos State.

The quarter-finalists include Socrates Secondary School, Ilorin; Sultan Bello Secondary School, Sokoto; Niger College, Benin; FOSLA Academy, Abuja; Asegun Comprehensive Secondary School, Ibadan; New Layout Secondary School, Enugu; General Hassan Usman Kastina Unity College, Bauchi; and West Itam Secondary School, Itu, Akwa Ibom.

In the opening fixtures billed for Tuesday, November 22, Kwara represented by Socrates Secondary School, Ilorin will lock horns with Niger College, Edo State while Sultan Bello Secondary School, Sokoto will square up against FOSLA Academy, FCT. In the remaining fixtures of the day, General Hassan Usman Kastina Unity College, Bauchi will come up against West Itam Secondary School, Akwa Ibom while New Layout Secondary School, Enugu will face Oyo-based Asegun Comprehensive Secondary School, Ibadan.

Speaking at a press conference and Match Fixtures Draws ahead of the commencement of the Finals, Director, Brand and Experience, Etisalat Nigeria, Elvis Ogiemwanye, said the company aims at using the School Cup platform to help talented young footballers showcase their talents to the world, .while building in them life values that are essential to their development and fulfilment.

“The key objective of the competition in 2016 is to connect and unite football lovers from different parts of the country using the universal language of football. For us at Etisalat, football goes beyond winning goals; it is all about the friendship and connection it brings. It is also a good platform to teach these students life values such as team work, discipline, tolerance and sportsmanship,” he said.

The national champion of the 2016 edition will receive the Champions Trophy and a cash prize of N2 million educational award while its players will go home with N50,000 each. The second-placed team will go home with N1 million with the players pocketing extra N30,000 each while the third-place winner will have the sum of N750,000.00 for its efforts with its players receiving N20,000.00 each.

The maiden edition of the competition in 2013 was won by Keke Senior High School, Ijaiye, Lagos and the school was rewarded with N1million cash prize and an all-expense paid trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), while the 2nd edition was won by Government Secondary School, Owerri, Imo State going home with the star prize of N2 million educational award and N50, 000 each to players of the winning team.