There is going to be a football festival this weekend. It promises to be a showcase of some of the best youth football in the country.
For the first time in the 17-year history of the most coveted secondary schools football championship in Nigeria, the NNPC/Shell Cup, the 10 schools that have qualified for the quarter-finals will assemble in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, for a genuine feast of youth football!
This new format is been adopted as a bridge for the championship in response to the current political and security conditions in the country by the organizers, the Nigeria School Sports Federation, NSSF!
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 – Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17.
The schools that have qualified for this round 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.
This clinic will precede the semi final and final matches taking place in Lagos on Friday and Sunday, May 22 and 24, 2015, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.