School teams representing the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Enugu and Kwara states at the on-going National Finals of the season three of the Etisalat U-15 School Cup are through to the semi-finals of the age-grade competition.
The Kwara team represented by Socrates Secondary School, Ilorin and FOSLA Academy representing the FCT earned the tickets after winning their opening two fixtures against Edo State and Sokoto States. Both will play today to determine who tops the group.
In a related development, Enugu State recovered from the opening day loss to Oyo to thrash Bauchi State 10 nil in the second match for both sides. Things started going wrong for the lads from General Hassan Usman Kastina Unity College, Bauchi as early as the 9th minute of play when Divine Nwachukwu put his side ahead. Sopuru Egesionu doubled the lead just two minutes after before going on to complete a hat trick. Gift Williams scored four in the encounter while Divine Nwachukwu also had a hat trick. The Enugu will walk over Akwa Ibom state which failed to show up for the National Finals.
Meanwhile, teams from Edo and Sokoto are effectively out of the competition after losing their opening two matches.
They will however play each other in the final group match on Thursday.
Matches continue on day three of the competition with Akwa Ibom taking on Enugu, while Oyo plays Bauchi. Edo faces Sokoto, while FOSLA Academy, FCT will come up against Kwara.
The national champion of the 2016 edition will receive the Champions Trophy and a cash prize of N2 million educational award while its players will go home with N50,000 each. The second-placed team will go home with N1 million with the players pocketing extra N30,000 each while the third-place winner will have the sum of N750,000.00 for its efforts with its players receiving N20,000.00 each.