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Ighalo Named Principal’s Cup Ambassador

 
Former Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo has been named as one of the National Principal’s Cup ambassador.

In a ceremony at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja chaired by the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare.

The Principal’s Cup is Nigeria’s oldest grassroots football competition and it has produced legendary players for the country.

“Special thanks and appreciation to the Hon. Minister of Youth and Sports for this recognition and honour for seeing me worthy to be the Face (ambassador) of the National Principal’s Cup,” Ighalo wrote on Instagram.

“And for the acknowledgement of my contributions to help and mentor our Youth. I am indeed honoured and look forward to very fruitful working relationships.”

Sunday Dare also opened up on the decision to name Odion Ighalo as one of the ambassadors of the competition.

“The return of the Principal’s Cup will ignite the passion for football and also the spirit of competition amongst our youth at the secondary school level,” Dare told Goal.

“Unlike in the past when you see the government do it solely, we have now evolved a public-private model. This is a partnership model that is sustainable and that’s why all the critical stakeholders are on this team, so, it doesn’t matter whether I am a minister or not.

“We’ve seen what has happened to our grassroots development, our talent basket has diminished over the last 15 years and Principal’s Cup is the factory to produce football stars.”

The likes of  Dosu Joseph and Daniel Amokachi, Segun Odegbami, Tarila Okoronwata, Stephen Keshi, Henry Nwosu and Samson Siasia are among several former Super Eagles stars discovered from the Principal’s Cup.

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