The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, has expressed happiness over the revival of the National Principal Cup, which got underway over the weekend across the country.
Dare declared the Principal Cup open on Friday with the Igbobi College and Government College, Kaduna kicking off the competition at the Agege Stadium, Lagos. The elated Dare who worked hard for the return of the competition, said, “it’s a dream come true to be here today (Friday), to watch young stars kick off the National Principal cup. We are so proud of what they’ve done today (Friday).
It is my hope that young talents will be discovered from this principal cup to become the likes of Daniel Amokachi, Franklin Howard, Tajudeen Disu, Waidi Akanni who are here as a source of inspiration to these young stars.” “The Principal cup brought friendship and fostered unity, therefore we want to bring back its lost glory…Some products of the Principal’s cup include Segun Odegbami, Daniel Amokachi, Henry Nwosu, Tajudeen Disu and Ali Jeje who became notable internationals.”
While reiterating his vision, he said when he assumed office he wanted a sports ministry that would prioritize talents discovery, stressing that it would be a thing of joy to him if talents that would be discovered at the revived National Principal Cup become world stars like the Amokachis, Ekejis, Odegbamis and Adokiyes of this world.
“The principal cup has come to stay. The students must combine football with education, they should emuex-internationalsonals who combined education with football like Segun Odegbami, Adokie Amiesimaka, Dr Felix Owolabi, Patrick Ekeji, Seyi Olofinjana and others,” Dare concluded.