The 18th edition of the All Nigeria Secondary Schools Football Championship for the NNPC/Shell Cup has entered the zonal preliminary stage.
Thirty –seven schools will converge in 9 centers across the country to compete
for the quarter finals slots. At the end of the series of matches, 10 teams are expected to emerge for the
quarter finals that will come up in Ijebu-Ode from May 21st, 2016.
Beginning from Tuesday May 10, 2016 matches will be played in Katsina, Minna, Jalingo, Ilorin, Uyo, Owerri, Ughelli, Akure and Osogbo.
The following are the groupings: KATSINA – Jigawa, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara
MINNA – Nasarawa, Katsina, Kaduna, FCT.
JALINGO – Yobe, Gombe, Adamawa, Borno
ILORIN – Niger, Bauchi, Taraba, Plateau
UYO – Abia, Ebonyi, Rivers, Benue
OWERRI – Enugu, Akwa-Ibom, Delta, C/Rivers
UGHELLI – Anambra. Imo, Kogi, Bayelsa.
OSOGBO – Ogun, Ondo, Eki, Lagos.
AKURE – Oyo, Osun, Kwara, Edo.
The Nigeria Schools Sports Federation has reiterated that states that parade mercenaries in their teams would be severely dealt with as adequate measures have been put in place to detect non-bonafide students and punish any school that falls fowl of this rule.
Meanwhile, winners of the last edition, Rochas Foundation College, Ogboko, Imo State have been knocked out of the state preliminaries as Holy Ghost College, Owerri will represent Imo state at the zonal preliminaries.
Lagos state will be represented by Muslim College who defeated CardosoSecondary School, Orile 3-0 in a recently concluded final at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.