The defending champions of the annual Zenith Bank/Delta Principals’ Cup, College of Commerce, Warri yesterday defeated Osadenis Mixed School 5-3 on penalties to the became the first team in the history of the youth competition to win it back-to-back.
The first half of the match played at the Stephen Keshi stadium in Asaba and watched by several dignitaries including the Governor of the state, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, ended in a barren draw.
And there was nothing to separate the two sides in second half of the keenly contested match leading to a straight penalty shoot out between the two sides.
Orido David, in goal for College of Commerce, was the hero after saving Ewa Victor’s penalty before wrapping it up with the final kick to lead his side to a back-to-back title.
Speaking during the final, the CEO of Zenith Bank, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, represented by the Group Zonal Head, Zenith Bank PLC, Delta Zone, Lucky Ighade, said the Principals Cup had created the required platform needed for the players to compete fiercely at higher level.
“The skills demonstrated by these young lads are very impressive,” he said.
“A total of 376 public and private secondary schools participated so far in this edition and we are proud of that turnout.
“The bank remains committed to furthering the economic, cultural and social development of host communities, particularly through community-based initiatives and philanthropy.
“Our profound appreciation goes to the state government, under the leadership of His Excellency, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, for creating the platform and enabling environment for us to thrive and anchor this sports initiative.”
The semi-final losers match played before the grand finale was won by Alaka Grammar School, Ozoro who defeated Ovwor Mixed Secondary School, Ovwor 3-2 to win bronze.