Akure Commercial Secondary School, Ondo state has won the maiden edition of Favour Secondary School Football Competition organised for public schools in Akure metropolis.
A total of 16 schools contested the in the competition which lasted from October 4 to 14.
Akure Commercial Secondary School defeated Ejioba Secondary School 11-10 via penalty kicks in a fiercely final match that ended 2-2 in the regulation time Friday at the Ondo State Sports Complex, Akure.
Earlier, the third place match of the competition was an easy win for Command Day Secondary School after pummeling Adegbola Memorial Grammar School 4-0.
Akure Commercial Secondary School had defeated Command Day Secondary School 4-2 on penalties after playing goalless in duration time, while Ejioba defeated Adegbola Memorial Grammar School 5-0 in the semi final matches.
The sponsor of the competition, Prince Favour Adesida, said that the vision behind the competition was to promote grassroots football development, and to foster unity and peace using football as a means.
”I really appreciate what I saw here today, it is really encouraging and it showed that school sports has been neglected. We appeal to government and individuals to help bring back the glamour and interest attached to this kind of event,” he said.
The Coach of Akure Commercial Secondary School, Femi Akinlaye, appreciated the sponsor for giving the students the platform and the joy to compete after training for long.
“I really appreciate the organiser of Favour Secondary Football Competition for reviving the rivalry between secondary school sports in Akure metropolis,” he said.
The Games Master of Ejioba High School, Samuel Bello, said the school management appreciated the competition and the exposure it created for the students.
Also, Wale Ogundipe, Sports Officer of Command Day Secondary School, appreciated the gifts and awards given to his students by the organisers.
“The management appreciates the organisers for their gifts and awards presented to our students and the captain, Hussein Daniel.
“This brings great joy to us and this memory will be an indelible ink in our thoughts forever,” he said.