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The final match of the Channels International Kids Cup Season 11, is currently ongoing at the Campos Square, Lagos.

Following a series of activities at the Agege Stadium in Lagos, two finalists emerged on Saturday – Adetunji Primary School from Kwara State and Banham Primary School from Rivers.

Emerging in the third place after today’s match, was Samfra School from Lagos who beat their Benin Republic counterpart, Ecole Eveil.



Stay with us for the live updates on the final match to see who wins this year’s cup.



15:04 pm: Goodluck Destiny from Edo State, found a phone and N2,000 and reported to the camp commandant.

He is rewarded with N50,000 cash and a N50,000 worth of phone by the newly elected chairman of Lagos State Football Association, Mr Seyi Akinwunmi.


15:21 pm: Final match begins.

15:23 pm: First attempt by Rivers was fired off target.

15:27 pm: Rivers player brought down, it’s free-kick against Kwara.

15:40 pm: It’s half time: Rivers -1 Kwara – 0.


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15: 43 pm:  9-year-old saxophonist, Similayo Abodunrin entertains the crowd with beautiful renditions.

Similayo Abodunrin

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15:55 pm: Second half of the final match commences.

16:16 pm: Full time complete.

Barham Primary school beat Adetunji Primary School with one goal to emerge the champions.

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16:30 pm: Prizes and Awards are being shared.


And that’s all for this year’s Channels International Kids Cup.

Thank you for staying with us.

Kwara, Rivers Schools To Fight For Channels Kids Cup Trophy

Kwara, Rivers Schools To Fight For Channels Kids Cup Trophy


The 11th season of the Channels International Kids Cup is wrapping up gradually with just two days to the final match.

It has been fun all the way, from the Lagos Preliminaries to the international staged.

The five days into the competition so far featured outstanding performances from players of the 16 schools that participated in the competition.

READ ALSO: NFF President Praises Channels TV For Organising Kids Cup

Following a series of activities at the Agege Stadium in Lagos, two finalists emerged on Saturday.

Adetunji Primary School from Kwara State grabbed the first final slot after beating Ecole Eveil from Benin Republic 2-1.

Moudachirou Afdou gave the Benin boys a first-half lead but Awal Olugbon equalised for the Nigerians in less than three minutes.

The Kwara team sealed the victory when Isah Olatunji fired a shot from outside the box into the goalpost.

Ecole Eveil’s goalkeeper caught the ball but it slipped off his hands and an attempt to save his team was too late as the referee recorded a goal in favour of the Kwara team.

In the second semi-final match, Banham Primary School from Rivers State beat Samfra School to join their Kwara counterparts in the final.

Tamuno Kingdom scored the winning goal for the Rivers side in the first half while the Lagos boys struggled to get an equaliser after the restart but to no avail.

The championship decider between both schools from Kwara and Rivers will be played on Children’s Day, May 27.

Ecole Eveil and Samfra School will also fight for the bronze medal on the same day just before the final match.

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Channels Kids Cup: Adetunji Primary School Advance To Final


Adetunji Primary School from Kwara State have booked their spot in the final of season 11 of the Channels International Kids Cup.

The Ilorin-based school recovered from a goal down to beat Ecole Eveil from Benin Republic by 2 goals to 1.

Moudachirou Afdou gave the ‘Beninois’ a first-half lead but Awal Olugbon equalised for Kwara.

Few seconds to the end of the match, Isah Olatunji pounced to score the winner for the Kwarans.

NFF President Praises Channels TV For Organising Kids Cup


The Channels International Kids Cup has continued to catch the attention and support of football lovers within and outside Nigeria.

This is just as President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, praised the management of Channels Media Group for organising the competition aimed at developing football at the grassroots.

Four days after Atlanta ’96 Gold medal winning coach Bonfrere Jo visited players at the venue of the competition, Pinnick also stunned the boys with a visit to the Agege Stadium on Friday.

READ ALSOBonfrere Jo Makes Surprise Visit To Channels Int’l Kids Cup Venue

He noted that the NFF was watching the competition and had noticed the improvements it has recorded annually.

“Every year you improve. From the depth of my soul; kudos. You guys have done excellently well. This is a tournament NFF will always protect,” said the First Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

He added, “So kudos to Channels TV; we hear you guys are also doing athletics, it’s massive. If other media organisations can emulate Channels TV, then we will have less problems to face.”

According to the NFF President, the competition is a protected tournament and it is interesting to note that the First NFF Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, is part of the organisers.

“He (Akinwunmi) is the Chairman of the Youth Committee; whatever he proposes to us, definitely I will have it approved,” Pinnick promised.

On the state of Nigerian football, he said the country is doing very great and the NFF is supporting the various teams participating in international competitions.

The NFF President, therefore, urged those he described as supposed opponents to go beyond personal interests and contribute to the development of football in the country.

He urged them to “support us. If we have sinned against them, we are sorry. Let them come and support us and let’s move on.”

Pinnick commended Nigerian billionaire, Femi Otedola, on the treatment of Christian Chukwu, former Nigerian international and national team coach.

He also appealed to other well-meaning citizens across the country to emulate the businessman and ensure Chukwu gets adequate treatment.

The NFF President’s visit to the stadium made today’s games more colourful as he played and danced with the pupils after their matches.

He watched the boys from Holy Saviour Modakeke, Osun State and their counterparts from Banham Model, Rivers State fight for a spot in the semi-finals.

The NFF President celebrated with the Rivers boys who won 5-4 on penalties and danced ‘Zanku’ with the Osun boys whom he encouraged following their loss.

Meanwhile, Adetunji Primary School from Kwara, Ecole Eveil from Benin Republic, and Samfra School from Lagos have also advanced to the semis of the 11th edition of the tournament.

The Kwara boys will face their counterparts from Benin Republic while the schools from Rivers and Lagos will fight for a spot in the final.

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Channels Kids Cup: Schools From Benin Rep, Kwara, Others Advance


Semi-finalists have emerged in Season 11 of the Channels International Kids Cup following the conclusion of quarter-final matches at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.

Adetunji Primary School from Kwara State picked the first semi-final spot after beating Afuaman Municipal School, from Ghana 2-0.

Taofeek Ismaeel scored the game’s first goal directly from a free-kick in the first half before Ibrahim Abolade added a second in the second half to seal victory for Kwara.

Ecole Eveil from Benin Republic also advanced to the last 4 with 2-1 victory over Eghaguere Primary School from Edo State.

After playing a 1-1 draw in regulation time, Banham Model from Rivers State beat holy Saviour Primary School from Osun State 5-3 on penalties to advance to the last four.

Completing the semi-final line up is Lagos State representatives; Samfra Primary School.

They beat Nosiere Primary School from delta state 4-3 on penalties after playing goalless in regulation time.

Channels Kids Cup: Schools From Ghana, Benin Rep, Six States Progress

Channels Int'l Kids Cup: Ghanaian, Beninese, Other Schools Progress To Quarter-Finals


The Channels International Kids Cup Season 11 entered the third day as players fought hard to get their schools into the next round of the competition.

Matches played on Thursday featured more goals and fascinating actions than the previous days at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.

Eight teams crashed out of the tournament while eight others progressed to the quarter-finals, including both schools from Ghana and Benin Republic.

The boys from Afuaman Municipal, Ghana and Banhan Model Primary School, Rivers rounded off their Group C games on six points.

The Ghanaians came from a goal down to beat Sheikh Abubakar Gumi from Kaduna 2-1.

Nura Abubakar opened the scoring for Kaduna while two goals from Desmond Naryo and Dominic Effah handed the Ghanaians a spot in the last eight.

The boys from Rivers beat Ansar-ud-Deen of Ogun 3-0 with Innocent Wakama scoring a brace while Egbe Kevin grabbed a spot on the score sheet.

Ghana finished top of the group thanks to their superior goals difference.

In Group A, Adetunji Primary School, Kwara finished top with seven points while Holy Saviour Primary School, Osun came second with six points.

The Kwara boys played zero all with African Church Primary School, Lagos but the Osun team beat their Oyo opponents 1-0.

Samfra School, Lagos and Eghaguere Primary School, Edo advanced to the next round after gaining five points each in Group B.

The Lagos boys play 1-1 with Model Primary School, Bayelsa and the Edo team also drew their rivals from Kogi State 2-2.

In Group D, Ecole Eveil De Port-Novo, Benin Republic and Nosiere Primary School, Delta progressed with six points each.

The Benin boys advanced to the next round despite 2-0 loss to the boys from Holy Trinity, Ekiti, but the Delta team beat their counterparts from Umunaga Primary School, Ebonyi, 4-0.

See the list of teams that advanced to the next round and their points below:

Group A – Kwara (7), Osun (6)

Group B – Samfra (5), Edo (5)

Group C – Ghana (6), River (7)

Group D – Benin Republic (6), Delta (6)

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Channels Kids Cup Day 2: Goal Fest As Kaduna Blast Five Past Ogun


It was a goal fest at the Agege Stadium in Lagos as the Channels International Kids Cup entered its second day with 18 goals from ten games.

The boys from Sheikh Abubakar Gumi Primary School were the most on-song for the day as they fired five goals past their opponents – Ansar-Ud-Deen Primary School from Ogun State.

Matchday 2 began with the game between Umunga Community Primary School who came all the way from Ebonyi State and Holy Trinity Primary School from Ekiti.

The match ended in a 1:1 draw, just in time for the start of the second game between St Williams Primary School (Oyo) and African Church Primary School (Lagos). The boys from the Lagos metropolis got the better of their opponents, winning by a lone goal.

Group B produced just one goal; while Eghaguere Primary School from Edo played a goalless draw with Samfra Primary School, Lagos,  Model Primary School (Yenagoa) lost 0:1 to Qua Iboe Primary School from Kogi State.

READ ALSO: Ghanaian School Wins Big As Channels International Kids Cup Kicks Off

African Church Primary School (Lagos) lost 0:1 to Holy Saviour Primary School from Modakeke (Osun) in a Group A match that left the crowd cheering and clapping, as the young lads thrilled them with sensational skills and powerful shots.

The game between Holy Trinity Nur/Pry School (Ado Ekiti) and Nosiere Primary School (Agbor) ended 1:2, with the boys from Delta State coming from behind to clinch all three points.

Adetunji Nur/Pry School (Ilorin) beat Saint Williams Basic School from Oke Ado (Oyo State) 2:1, in a match which saw the boys from Kwara come back from a goal down, to win the keenly contested game.

Two teams from other West African nations featured in the last games for the day, Afuaman Municipal from Ghana and Ecole Eveil De Port-Novo from Benin Republic.

While Afuaman were defeated by Banham Model (Rivers State) 0:1, Ecole Eveil put one fantastic goal past the goalie for Umunaga Community Primary School (Ebonyi), to give the visitors a victory which was well celebrated.

With two of the eight quarter-final tickets already booked by Team Kwara and the boys from Benin Republic, the games will continue on Thursday, May 23, as teams would be slugging it out for the remaining six spots left, for the next round.

Team Delta celebrates

Team Benin Republic

Ghanaian School Wins Big As Channels International Kids Cup Kicks Off

Ghanaian School Wins Big As Channels International Kids Cup Kicks Off


Season 11 of the Channels International Kids Cup finals kicked off on Tuesday at the Agege Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital.

Today’s games featured intriguing displays from pupils drawn across primary schools from various states across the country, as well as neighbouring countries, Ghana and the Republic of Benin.

The players, who were on a mission to make their schools, states, and countries proud, slugged it out in six matches.

Although 16 schools are expected to participate in the tourney, 14 schools were present at the venue at the end of Match Day 1.

While Edo State grabbed the first goal of the competition against Bayelsa, the boys from Ghana recorded the biggest win of the day.

Prior to the games, Atlanta ’96 Gold medal winning coach, Bonfere Jo, stopped by to encourage the kids while technical officials were screening them.

The celebrated coach exchanged pleasantries with the young talents and asked them to be good ambassadors of their schools and countries.

Below are the results of the games played today:

Eghaguere Primary School, Benin City, Edo 1-0 Model Primary School, Yenagoa, Bayelsa

Adetunji Primary School, Ilorin, Kwara 1-0 Holy Saviour, Modakeke, Osun

Afuaman Municipal, Ghana 3-0 Ansar-Ud-Deen, Ijebu Ode, Ogun

Banham Model, Port Harcourt, Rivers 0-0 Kaduna Sheikh Abubakar Gumi

Nosiere Primary School, Agbor, Delta 0-1 Ecole Eveil De Port-Novo, Benin Republic

Samfra School, Lagos 1-0 Kogi

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Bayelsa Team

Atlanta ’96 Gold medal winning coach, Bonfere Joe
Delta Team
Edo Team
Ghanaian Team
Kaduna Team


Kogi Team


Kwara Team


Ogun Team


Rivers Team


Samfra Sch, Lagos

Bonfrere Jo Makes Surprise Visit To Channels Int’l Kids Cup Venue

Atlanta ’96 Gold medal winning coach, Bonfere Jo, on Tuesday made a surprise visit to the screening venue of the Channels Television’s International Kids Cup.

Bonfrere said his mission to the Agege Stadium in Lagos is to encourage the young and upcoming stars before the commencement of the matches.

The celebrated coach dressed on a white shirt and a black trouser to match exchanged pleasantries with the young players, asking them the clubs they were fans of.

The ’96 Gold medal winning coach is optimistic that some of the young players will make it to the senior national team.

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His visit comes as officials were busy screening and accrediting participatory schools for Season 11 of the international tournament.

All is now set for the competition as eight matches are expected to be played today.

13 states in Nigeria and two countries namely Benin Republic and Ghana are participating in this edition.

Meanwhile, a member of the main Organising Committee, Olu Akapo has addressed team leaders just before the screening of players.

After the first screening, officials would ask a successful player to join others qualified to play in the tournament.

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Winners Emerge In Channels International Kids Cup Lagos Prelims


Two schools have emerged as winners in the Lagos Preliminaries of the Channels International Kids Cup, Season 11.

The players of African Church Primary School and their counterparts from Samfra Primary School sealed the spots to represent Lagos at the international level after beating their opponents in the semis and final rounds of the tournament.

Three matches were played on Tuesday at the Agege Township Stadium and the Campos Mini Stadium in Lagos Island respectively.

READ ALSOTechnical Committee Disqualifies School Despite 5-0 Win

The African Church Primary School boys had defeated Fanlot International School in the semis thanks to Usman Oseni’s lone goal.

The players, thereafter, faced eight-man Donmen Schools in the final.

African Church Primary School won 4-2 as Oseni hit his second hat-trick in the competition.

Donmen Schools had routed Will and Grace International School 8-0, with Eniola Eniola and Abraham Chibuike also scoring three goals each.

At the Campos Square, Samfra Primary School scored in each half to beat Abina Omololu Primary School 2-0 and pick one of the tickets to represent the state.

The boys had beaten their counterparts from Anwar-ul-Islam Primary School 2-1 while Abina Omololu Primary School defeated Toyibat Primary School 3-1 in the semis.

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Channels Kids Cup: Eight Schools Progress To Semis In Lagos Prelims

Channels Kids Cup: Eight Schools Progress To Semis In Lagos Prelims


The round of 16 of the Lagos Preliminaries of 2019 Channels International Kids Cup has been concluded.

Eight qualification matches played on Monday saw eight teams progress to the quarter-finals of the preliminaries.

The games at the Agege-Mini Stadium were greeted with various petitions and protests over alleged violation of rules and regulations of the tournament.

[READ ALSO] Channels Kids Cup: Technical Committee Disqualifies School Despite 5-0 Win

LGA Primary School, Alimoso played against Will and Grace International School in the first match.

The boys from the government school won the game 5-0 but were disqualified by the Technical Committee of the competition.

The committee took the decision following a petition by the Will and Grace International School’s coach who said LGA Pry Sch fielded over-aged players in the match.

Similarly, 8-man Donmen Schools beat UNILAG Staff School 6-0 while Falmot International School defeated their counterparts from Mind Builders by two goals to nil.

Oseni Usman, who scored two goals for African Church Primary School in their last match, also helped his team to beat The Tenets Schools 7-0.

The 12-year-old became the second person to hit a hat-trick and the first player to score four goals in the ongoing preliminaries.

UNILAG Staff School and Mind Builders have also protested against their loss at the competition and petitioned the technical committee.

Elsewhere, Abina Omololu Primary School, Surulere defeated Dee Jewel Primary School, Gowon Estate, Egbeda 5-0 to progress at the Campos Square Mini-Stadium.

Anwar-ul-Islam Primary School, Lagos Island also beat Saint Jude Primary School, Festac 4-1 to progress while Samfra Group of Schools, Ebute Metta defeated Kith and Kin Educational School, Ikorodu 5-0 to advance to the next round.

Toyibat Primary School, Gbagada beat Methodist Primary School, Eletu, Ikorodu 5-4 on penalties after the game ended 2-2 at full time.

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