*United High School are Phoenix Cup champions
Former Secretary General of Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, President General of Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo and National Chairman Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Reverend Samuel Ikpea, gave the organisation and standard of play at the just concluded Phoenix Ekiti State Secondary Schools Cup a pass mark.
The troika were guests of honour in the finals played at the weekend at the Kayode Oluyemi stadium. They were full of praises on the idea towards the hosting of the tournament aimed at reviving School Sports in Ekiti State.
“I must commend the brains behind the tourney. I’m impressed with the standard of play and I think Ekiti State and Nigeria is blessed with abundant talents,” Ogunjobi said.
Dr. Ladipo in his words noted, “with what I saw in the finals, I want to believe the future is bright for Nigerian football, the players spotted in the tournament I will advice they should be properly annexed and most especially Godwin Festus (the tourney’s top scorer and MVP) his talent will be useful for our national teams in the future.”
Reverend Ikpea, stated that the NFSC has gone beyond supporting the national teams alone that they are doing everything possible to support grassroots football development.
“From a professional angle, we’ve gone beyond supporting the national teams alone, we want to encourage and develop football from the grassroots because government cannot do it alone. I congratulate Phoenix Athletic Sports Limited for the tournament success,” he said.
However, football administrators that graced the finals includes Assistant Technical Director of Nigeria Football Federation, Siji Olagunju, Executive Secretary of Nigeria Nationwide League One, Olusola Ogunnowo, NFF staff Tolu Abe, among others.
United High School, Ilawe Ekiti emerged champions of the maiden edition of Phoenix Ekiti State Secondary Schools Cup.
The competition featured all the secondary schools in the 16 local government areas in Ekiti State and it is aimed at reviving school sports.
United High School defeated Emure Model High School, Emure Ekiti 3-0 in the finals.
A brace from Godwin Festus and audacious strike from Oyewole Olajide secured an easy win for United High School.
United High School goes home with a giant befitting trophy and N100, 000.
However, Godwin Festus won the tourney top scorer’s award with seven goals. He also got voted as the Most Valuable Player.
Meanwhile, Ayo Daramola High School, Ijan Ekiti defeated Ogangamodu Grammar School, Ido Ekiti 3-2 on penalties after the full-time ended 1-1 to clinched the third place contest.