*Schools with big names, defending champions beaten already
Games masters, hired coaches and school teams are intensifying training as the Zenith Delta Principals Cup Season 2 heads into the elimination stage scheduled for 23rd, 24th and 25th January across various centres in the state.
School principals, teachers, students, old boys associations and even community leaders are in the thick of the excitement as the Principals Cup revived by the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration two years ago to re-invigorate schools sports and provide a platform for youngsters to showcase themselves, has acquired a whole new and higher tempo and seriousness.
The competition organised by the Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education and sponsored by Zenith Bank has been keener than before with even the 2017 champions, Master Care International School, Asaba, edged out in the Local Government preliminaries.
So also have some of the big schools and old timers of the competition like Government College, Ughelli, Urhobo College, Warri, James Welch, Emevor, Notre Dame, Ozoro, Ebologu, Utagba Uno, St Patrick’s, Asaba, Hussey College, Warri, Ika Grammar School, Agbor, Obinomba Grammar School, Obinomba, Emore Grammar School, Oleh, Ofagbe Technical, Sapele Technical and many more been shot down by fiery young lads of even younger schools.
A few are still in contention, however. There include St Michael’s College, Oleh, Essi College, Warri, Ibru College, Agbarha Otor, Otokutu Grammar School, Otokutu, Ughelli and Abraka Grammar School.
The zonal elimination ensures there is no hiding place for minions only with a little safety catch as the playoff set in eight groups of three schools each, except for groups E and G which have four teams, gives the benefit of a round robin.
The Groups and Venues:
Faith Academy, Ugbolu, Oshimili North
Comprehensive Senior Secondary School, Ogwashi Uku, Aniocha South
Osadenis High School, Asaba, Oshimili South
Venue: Ogbemudein Secondary Sch, Agbo
St Paul Grammar School Ozoro, Isoko North
St Michael’s College, Oleh, Isoko South
Alidima Secondary School, Alidima-Agbor, Ika South
Venue: Utagba Ogbe Grammar Sch, Kwale
Kokodiagnene Secondary School, Kokodiagnene, Warri South West
Obule Integrated Schools, Sapele, Sapele LGA
Abraka Grammar School, Abraka, Ethiope East
Venue: Army Barracks, Effurun
Pilgrims Baptist Grammar School, Issele Uku, Aniocha North
Boys Secondary School, Obiaruku, Ukwani LGA
Owa Secondary School, Owa Oyibu, Ika North East
Venue: St Patrick’s College, Asaba
Igbuku Secondary School, Igbuku, Ndokwa East
Ibru College, Agbarho, Ughelli North 2
Ogume Grammar School, Ogume, Ndokwa West
Ovwian Secondary School, Ovwian, Udu LGA
Venue: – Irri Grammar Sch, Irri/Oleh Township Stadium
Essi College 2, Warri, Warri South
Gbesa Government School, Burutu, Burutu LG
Marvel International School, Ughelli, Ughelli North 1
Venue: – Otor Udu Primary Sch, Otor Udu
Otokutu Grammar School, Otokutu, Ughelli South
Odorubu Secondary School, Odorubu, Patani LG
Esenabe College, Bomadi, Bomadi LGA
Onyenke Secondary School, Onyenke, Okpe LG
Venue: Ogor Grammar Sch, Otor Ogor/Govt College, Ughelli
Uduaka Secondary School, Mosogar, Ethiope West
Ogbomro Secondary School, Uvwie
Iwere College, Koko, Warri North
Venue: Obule Integrated Schools, Sapele