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Over 1,000 Schools Battle for Glory in 2nd Edition of National Principal’s Cup



All is set for over 1,000 schools across Nigeria to jostle for glory and honour, as the National Principal’s Cup, revived by the Sports Minister Sunday Dare, enters its 2nd edition.

The championship kicked off from the state level on Thursday, the 24th of November 2022, before moving to the zonal finals.

This 2nd edition, aims to replicate the success of the first edition that was held in 2021. The first edition, amongst other successes, produced a player Onuche Ogbelu who went on to represent Nigeria’s U-20 men’s National Team, the Flying Eagles, where he helped the team win the WAFU U20 tourney.

During the first edition of the National Principal’s Cup, he represented eventual football champions, FOSLA Academy and has now gone on to sign for NPFL side, Nassarawa United.

Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare stated that his administration will continue to prioritise grassroots development, as it remains the fulcrum of his mandate.

Dare said, “we are glad about the 2nd edition of the National Principal’s Cup, as we have had to plan amidst our very tight schedules in the Ministry with the National Sports Festival in sight.”

“However, we have a clear vision to keep unearthing and nurturing talents. For our sports to keep growing, the production pipeline must keep churning out talents.”

After the State finals, the competition will go to the zonal level between December 11-15th, before the national finals is held between 18 – 22nd January, 2023.

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NCF/PwC U17 Cricket Tourney: Federation Extends Starter packs to all States



In order to encourage all the states taking part in the 4th edition of the National U17 Cricket Championship powered by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the Nigeria Cricket Federation, ably led by Mr. Uyi Akpata,  is extending additional starter packs to all the states taking part in the playoffs across the 6-geo political zones of the country.

In a statement issued on Thursday by the NCF General Manager Emeka Igwilo said that the donation is a morale booster to the states for sustaining the game in their states.

According to the statement, this is coming after the distribution of two different consignments over the last three years. All the 36 states and the FCT got the initial consignment from the Bankstown Community, Australia. 

“After the distribution of the Equipment from Australia which was facilitated by ICC Africa, NCF also followed it up with the distribution of the NCF Customized equipment imported from outside the country and that one’s also imported through the ICC Criiio initiative. 

“The States, Schools, NGOs and Development officers that have been deploying the equipment into use have continued to receive booster packs to support their grassroot development and growth.  It has been a healthy development to support those that help NCF build their scorecard and NCF will not relent in its approach to get the States take ownership and responsibilities of growing the game in the country of over 200 million. 

“The Board of the Nigeria Cricket Federation during its Board meeting of 28th Dec 2022 resolved to sustain the growth by re-jigging the growth plan in line with the current projections. This will come during the Strategic Session/AGM when the Development Plan, submitted by the Development Committee to the NCF leadership, will be reviewed.”

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