2016 NNPC/Shell Cup Enters Semifinals Stage

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The quarterfinals of the 2016 NNPC/Shell Cup for All Nigeria Secondary Schools Football Championship had produced four schools that would compete in the semifinals next month in Lagos.

The matches were concluded last weekend in four cities across the Country.

At the Katsina Center, Fosla Academy Secondary School, Abuja defeated Government Secondary School, Kwankwaso, Kano State 3-2 to make their way into the semifinals. It was a keenly contested match as the boys from Kano took the lead on two occasions forcing the Fosla Academy Boys to come from behind to equalise the two goals and eventually scored the third and winning goal to ensure their safe entry into the semifinals.

The quarterfinal match in Ilorin between Government Senior Secondary School, Darazo, Bauchi and Government Secondary School, Gusau, ended 5-3 in favour of the former while Excel Education Centre, Port Harcourt also defeated St. Mary’s High School, Ifitedunu, Anambra State 1-0 in Benin to earn a smooth sail into the semifinals.

The last quarter final match played in Osogbo between Asegun Comprehensive High School, Ibadan and Pakoto High School, Ifo, Ogun State saw the Oyo State representative ran home with a 2-1 victory.

Meanwhile, the semifinals had been slated for the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on June 14, while the grand finale comes up two days after.

Part of the highlights of this year’s final will be the usual coaching clinic that precedes the matches. The clinic would be conducted for players and coaches from Feyenord FC, Rotterdam.