The maiden edition of the Delta State Headmasters Cup Football Competition, kicked off today with Asagba Primary School Asaba overcoming hard fighting Uzoigwe Primary School Asaba 4 -2 in a penalty shoot-out after the game ended in a 1 – 1 draw.
Asagba Primary School opened the scores in the thirty eighth minute after Francis Nwite latched on to a loss ball in the vital area of the Uzoigwe Primary School before driving in a blistering shot into the top corner of the goal.
Uzoigwe equalized in the second half after Chigozie Nwakpors long shot from the middle of the Asagba Primary School half of the filed sailed into the top left corner of the Asagba goal.
Uzoigwe which dominated play in the second half blew several goal scoring chances and paid for their wastefulness after losing in the penalty shoot-out that ensued at the end of regulation time.
Speaking at the occasion the Commissioner Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebie said the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa government was keen on engaging young Deltans early in a bid to curb crime and vices inimical to the development of the youth stressing that the various sports events being organized by the state government was also to give the young talents a platform to excel.
Ebie said the Government was also looking at introducing other sports and even a girls category to the various events stressing that the Government was taking the sports events a step at a time.
He however commended the schools participating in the maiden edition of the tournament saying they had shown that Delta State was blessed with raw talents still waiting to be harnessed.
Ebie however called on the private sector to partner with the state government towards taking the youths off the streets as well as giving them a platform to be discovered, groomed and primed for both national and international sports activities.
The winners of the maiden edition of the Delta State Headmasters Cup football Competition are billed to represent Delta state in the forthcoming Channels Kids Cup competition for primary schools.