By John Kayode
The three schools that emerged winners in the recently concluded Favour Secondary School Football Competition in Akure have received prizes from the sponsor as promised.
Sixteen schools from Akure metropolis participated in the competition with the sponsor promising to reward the first three teams.
The competition, which held between Oct.4 and 14, had Commercial Secondary School emerge first, while Ejioba Secondary School came second and Command Day Secondary School, third.
The Sponsor of the competition, Prince Favour Adesida, who visited the schools to present their prizes in Akure, appreciated the head of the schools for allowing the students to participate in the competition.
Adesida also announced at the schools that the best students picked at the tournament would be used to form his own academy and register them for competitions in and outside the state, with the permission of their parents and teachers.
Mrs Stella Akinboun, Principal of Commercial Secondary School, who received the prize for first position, said her joy knew no bounds when her team won the maiden edition of the competition.
Akinboun said she was particularly happy that her students were disciplined throughout the competition, which she believed, helped them to secure victory.
She later appreciated the sponsor for the gesture, both in cash and kind, and for personally presenting the gifts.
Also, Principal, Ejioba Grammar School, Mrs Cecelia Olokunlade, who commended the organisers of the competition, said she was happy that her school got to the finals due to the short notice to participate.
Olokunlade said the competition brought the school to lime light, while the school would like to participate in subsequent editions.
Similarly, The Commandant, Command Day Secondary School, Major Abel Adesina, lauded the sponsor for the kind gesture and the prizes for his school as well as individual gifts for one of his students who won the best player of the tournament, Daniel Useni.
Adesina said that such competitions helped to prevent students from engaging in vices, although he said vices were not applicable to his school.
“We appreciate that you invited us despite not being a state school; we are expecting that we should have been first, but it’s part of the game. Anytime you want them to come and compete, we will make them available.
”We take solace in taking the best scorer, the best goalkeeper and other individual awards. To me, the school did well in the competition. Competitions like this have brought out the best in some of the students,” he said.
The Akure South Football Council Chairman, Mr Abayomi Ogunlade, encouraged the students to face their studies and ensure that they were all disciplined.
Ogunlade noted that the sponsor assured that the players would be invited to his academy to ensure that they did well in life, and advised them to study hard “and do their football”.
The prizes distributed were coloured computer printers to the first and second winners each, while the third place school got a standing fan and a Gotv set.