The quarterfinals of Nigeria’s most prestigious football tournament for secondary schools, the 17-year old Shell Club, will be played this weekend in Ibadan.
Supersports reported all the quarterfinal matches of the ongoing 2015 All Nigerian Secondary Schools Football Championship, tagged NNPC/Shell Cup, will be held on Saturday and Sunday in Ibadan. This is the first time in the 17-year history of the most coveted secondary schools football championship in Nigeria that the 10 schools that have qualified for the quarterfinals will assemble at a place for a genuine feast of youth football.
This new format is being adopted as a bridge for the championship in response to the current political and security conditions in the country by the organisers, the Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF).
This is what Supersports said:
The over 200 students and their school officials will be housed within the military cantonment at Ojoo barracks where all the matches will also take place over a period of two days on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17.
The schools that have qualified for the quarterfinal stage of the annual football competition are from Adamawa, Edo, Enugu, Imo, Kano, Katsina, Nassarawa, Ogun, Rivers and Sokoto States.
The top four teams that qualify from Ibadan will move immediately to Lagos to participate in a playing and coaching clinic that will be conducted by Dutch coaches from the Feynoord Football Club and Academy in Holland.
According to the national coordinator, Shola Akinwale, the clinic will precede the semifinals and final matches taking place in Lagos on Friday, May 22 and Sunday, May 24 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere.
I think this is nice development. There is no better way to promote unity than gathering 2000 secondary school students in a military barrack and watch them play soccer.