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Principal’s Cup will lead to discovery of new talents -Minister

The revival of the Principal’s Cup,   which had lots of glamour in the 80s and 90s would bring about the discovery of fresh talents, according to the Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare.

Mr. Dare  reiterated that the Ministry revived the Principal’s Cup in order to discover and nurture new talents. 

‘The National Principals Cup, which is the bedrock of grassroots sports development is back. The likes of Segun Odegbami, Henry Nwosu, late Stephen Keshi, Daniel Amokachi, Victor Ikpeba, Joseph Dosu, Tajudeen Disu, Ganiyu Ajide,  among others were all products of  the Principal’s Cup and they all  donned the green-white-green  national jersey.

‘The fact that we can discover young talents from secondary schools and nurture them to stardom made us focus on reviving the competition’ , the Minister affirmed.

He further said that ‘the Principal’s Cup is kicking off soon, across the federation because talents abound everywhere. The Organizing Committe need to pay attention to details and as much as possible,  scout for talents that will be useful to the country’ , he added.

‘The Principal Cup is not restricted  to only football but other sports  like boxing, badminton, table tennis and athletics. This is to ensure  that the competition stands the test of time with sustainable improvements’ , he further asserted. 

Mr. Dare added that the youth are critical to sporting activities, and they must be discovered and nurtured early.

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