… As Ezeagbogu Secondary School, Ezinihitte lifts trophy
… Five Players picked for National Invitation.
The Grand Finale of the Secondary Schools Football Tournament (Owerri Zone) was held on the 23rd of November 2022, at the Dan Anyiam Stadium’s training pitch Owerri, Imo State.
The competition which was solely financed by Ikukuoma Foundation, and organized in technical partnership with Like minds Fitness Club came to an eventful climax, as the Third Place and the Final matches were played respectively.
In the 3rd Place match, which kicked off by 10.am, Owalla-Avuvu Community Secondary School, Ikeduru, traded tackles with Obizi High School, Ezinihitte.
Owalla-Avuvu opened the scoring in the first half through Onyeneke Franklin and extended the lead in the second half as Chima Jessie increases the tally from the spot kick.
In a dramatic turn around, the Obizi lads scored two late goals to secure a hard fought draw before full time, leading to penalties.
At the end of the shoot outs, Obizi Secondary School carried the day, netting five (5) out of six kicks, while Owalla-Avuvu Secondary School scored four (4) out of six (6) kicks.
FULL TIME SCORES
Owalla-Avuvu Comm. Sec. Sch – 2 (pen 4)
Obizi High School – 2 (pen 5)
Obizi High School wins the Third Place
In the main event to determine the Tournament winner, Ezeagbogu Secondary School, Ezinihitte, locked horns with Comprehensive Secondary School, Orji.
The Ezeagbogu team had an early lead which was later neutralized by the Orji lads before the end of the first half.
Ezeagbogu took the lead again in the second half and sustained enough resistance to secure a well deserved win at the end of the 90 minutes.
FULL TIME SCORES
Ezeagbogu Secondary School – 2
Compr Sec. School, Orji – 1
Ezeagbogu Secondary School, Ezinihitte emerge as trophy winners.
Ezeagbogu becomes the pioneer champions of the Ikukuoma Foundation’s Secondary Schools Football Tournament 2022.
CHAMPIONS/TROPHY WINNERS – 1) Ezeagbogu Secondary School, Ezinihitte. Prize Money- ₦200,000.00
1ST RUNNERS UP
2) Community Secondary School, Orji. Prize Money- 150,000.00
2ND RUNNERS UP
3) Obizi High School, Ezinihitte
Prize Money- 100,000.00
Iwu Nnanyerugo (Pater Noster Sec.Sch)Medal+₦10,000.00
HIGHEST GOAL SCORER-
Njike Samuel (Obizi High School)Medal+₦10,000.00
Anele Emmanuel (Orji)Medal+₦10,000.00.
All the prizes monies were redeemed at the venue as the event ended in utter glitz and razzmatazz.
Amongst the dignitaries that graced the occasion were (in no particular order)
Mr. Paul Aigbogu (Super Eagles Assistant Coach)
Sir Ferdinand Emeaña (Director, Imo State Sports Council)
Mr. Promise Nwachukwu (GM, Heartland Football Club)
The CEO of City Cruz Hotel and owner of Malik Pro Football Club.
Mr. Mobi Oparaku (MON) ( Ex Nigerian International and former Suoer Eagles player)
Mrs Dorothy Ajoku (Sec. SEMB)
Mr. Joseph Achugamonu (Direcor of School Sports, SEMB)
Mr. Ndubuisi Odigomma (Fifa badged Referee)
Members of the Imo Football Association
Several scouts and football club owners were also present.
Members of Like minds Fitness Club comprising of several sports veterans, led by Mr. Chuks Dike.
The entire management and staff of Ikukuoma Foundation, led by Comr Julius Nnaji.
Principals and Management Staffs of several Secondary Schools.
As well as fans, supporters and several football enthusiasts.