Government Secondary School, Imo and Government Model School, Bida, Niger will be locking horns today at the final of the second edition of the Etisalat U-17 taking place at the famed Campus Square Mini Stadium, Lagos Island in Lagos.
The two finalists qualified for the final in two separate Semi-final matches that were decided via penalty shootouts at the Legacy Pitch, National Stadium, Friday, April 24, 2015.
The first Semi-final match saw Government Secondary School, Imo defeating Washington Memorial Grammar School, Anambra 4-2 on penalties after both teams fired blanks in regulation time.
While the Anambra boys frittered away four penalties, their Imo counterparts converted four spot kicks to win the tie.
In the other semi-final match between Winners College, Akure , Ondo and Government Model School, Bida, Niger was however decided on ‘sudden death’ penalty shootouts.
Ahead of today’s final, Head, Events & Sponsorships Etisalat Nigeria, Modupe Thani, extolled the talents displayed by the teams and assured football fans of a thrilling final.
Thani said, “So far, these boys have displayed exceptional skills and I know that, they will be firing from all cylinders in today’s final. We are glad that, the Etisalat U-15 continues to help discover budding talents in football and we can declare unequivocally that, we can feed the Nigeria’s U-15 team with some of these boys.’’
She added, ‘’The two school teams are battle ready for the final match and we hope to see the best team lift the trophy.”
Over 37 Schools across the country took part in this year’s competition with 8 regional teams playing in two groups in the National finals.
Group A comprised of Rimi College, Kaduna; Winners College, Akure, Ondo; Greensprings Secondary School, Lagos and Government Secondary School, Imo while Army Day Secondary School, Sokoto; Washington Memorial Grammar School, Anambra, Asegun High School, Oyo and Government Model School Bida, Niger made up the school teams in Group B.
The winner of the competition will be rewarded with a cash prize of N2 million for the school while players of the winning school team will be given a sum of N50,000 each.