The Paragon Demonstration Primary School from Oredo Local Government Area has emerged the Edo state champion in the 2017 Channels National Kids Cup competition.
In the final match played at the Paragon Demonstration Primary School field in Benin City, the Edo state capital, the hosts defeated Henson Demonstration Primary school from Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area by 3 goals to 1 on penalties, after both sides had failed to find the back of the net in regulation time.
There was no extra time as the two teams had to be separated by shootouts, where Henson Demonstration School players could only convert one of the spot kicks, after their opponents recorded a 100% conversion rate.
It’s a second straight loss in the Edo State finals for Henson Demonstration School after losing out to Arinze Primary School in the 2016 edition of the Channels Kids Cup.
The Edo State preliminaries featured 26 primary schools across the 18 LGA’s of the state.
After four days of State Prelims, X-Planter Primary School from Ikorodu and Community Primary School, Abule Egba have picked the two available slots to represent Lagos in the Season Nine of the Channels National Kids Cup.
The Ikorodu-based school defeated National Primary School from Yaba 3-1 On Friday at the Campos Square, in the semi-final to advance to the nationals.
While at the Onikan Stadium, Community Primary School beat CMS Primary School from Bariga 4-2 on penalties after playing 1-1 in regulation time.
This year’s edition of the Channels National Kids cup will kick off on May 21.
Seven more schools on Wednesday booked their spots in the round of 16 of the Channels National Kids Cup Lagos Preliminaries.
At the Campos Square, X-Planter Primary School, Ikorodu recorded a huge 9-0 win over Abina Omololu Primary School to advance, Mao Primary School beat Mas-Mas by two goals to one, while Army Children dispatched St Paul 3-0.
At the Onikan Stadium, Green Haven lost to Troika 2-0 on penalties after both sides played a 1-1 draw in regulation time. Lyncrest also advanced 4-2 on penalties, following a goalless draw with Muslim Association Primary School.
Joining them in the next round is Methodist Primary School after they beat Rolex Children’s 3-0, while Community Primary School beat Infant Jesus 3-2 on penalties after drawing goalless in regulation time.
The schools that made it to the Last 16 of the Channels National Kids Cup Lagos Prelims include: X-Planter Primary School, Ikorudu; Mao Primary School, Lagos Island; Army Children, Abule Egba; Abina Omololu, Surulere; Troika, Lekki; Lyncrest Primary School, Ikorodu; Revival Primary School, Ikorodu; and Methodist Primary School, Ikorodu.
Others are: Community Primary School, Abule Egba; Donmen Primary School, Ajegunle; Badore Nursery And Primary School; Maryland Convent; Cms Primary School, Bariga; National Primary School, Yaba; Ajiran Primary School, Eti Osa; And St Jude Private School, Festac Town.
The draw for the 2017 Channels National Kids Cup Lagos preliminaries has been concluded with 32 schools drawn into four groups of eight teams.
The organisers of the tournament promised that the ninth edition of the competition would be competitive and entertaining.
Chairman of the Organising Committee, Mr Steve Judo, stressed the importance of unity among participating schools while on camp, saying the tournament is not a do-or-die affair.
“I have to emphasise again that this tournament is not a do-or-die affair; no, at all. If you have that notion, please remove it right away.
“It’s for you to come in here, camp with other children, have fun, get to know them and learn about them so that tomorrow when you all grow up, you’ll become friends. That is the essence of this tournament.
“I have to pass this on to the coaches too, please let the children have fun, especially when they camp together. That’s the idea of this tournament,” he said.
The Vice Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association, Mr Tade Azeez, also called for fair play among the schools and warn the coaches against the use of unqualified players.
“Those of you that employed those coaches should warn them, the coaches that tell you to bring unqualified players to play for you school. We will not only deal with the school this time, those coaches will equally be sanctioned,” he noted.
The tournament will be played on knockout basis with the last two teams qualifying for the national finals.
The matches will begin on May 2 at the Campos Square and Onikan stadiums in Lagos State, South-West Nigeria.
Group A – Has Bols International School, Badore Nursery and Primary School, Maryland Convent, Kith and Kin Educational, Green Haven, Troika, Community Primary School and Infant Jesus.
Group B – St Jude’s, Araromi, Revival, Kolebest, St Paul Anglican, Army Children, Xplanter and Abina Omololu.
Group C – Donmen, Gem Private School, CMS Primary School, Roshallom, Muslim Association, Lyncrest, Methodist Primary School and Rolex Children.
Group D – Noble Winners, National Primary School, Ajiran Community, Crown, Beautiful Path, Corona, Mao Children’s and Mas Mas.
Nana Primary School from Delta State and Focal Point Primary School, Kwara State are through to the quarter finals of the Channels National Kids Cup.
The two teams qualified on Monday in Day Two of the group stage of the championship.
Group A action kicked off in Day Two proceedings of the Channels National Kids Cup championship, with Lagos team, National Primary School hoping to bounce back after losing their opening game against Nasarawa.
Ali Abubakar scored a brace to give the Lagos team a comfortable 4-1 victory over Amaise Central Primary school from Abia State.
In Group B, Uncle Bayus was called up to replace Niger. They lost their first game to Kogi and in the second against St. James Government School, Osun State, they put up a good fight but suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat.
In Group C, Focal Point Primary School, Kwara had fun beating Muhammed Kabir School from Kaduna to book a place in the quarter-finals.
Group D games produced the major talking points from Day Two.
The game between Premier Primary School, Anambra and Arinze Primary School from Edo was a cracker.
Edo was leading 3-0 and when they blinked, Anambra started fighting back.
The game ended 3-3.
Nana Primary School from Delta State got in late but didn’t struggle to get into the groove.
They defeated Anambra 5-0 in the first game and with a 4-0 win over Anwairudeen School from Ogun, they picked a slot in the last eight.
With five places in the quarter-finals still up for grabs, Day Three will definitely be action-packed and one that will give another chance to the future stars of Nigerian football.