Ighalo Named Principal’s Cup Diplomat


Ex- Super Eagles and Manchester United striker Jude Odion Ighalo has been named as an Ambassador of the National Principal’s Cup.

This was made known by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare when the player paid him a courtesy visit at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja yesterday.

“It is of note that the Principal’s Cup, which had been abandoned for 25 years was revived recently. 2021 edition was just concluded in April with about 250 schools participating. This year’s edition is a test run to bring it back gradually. Right now we not only have a Principal’s Cup but a National Principal’s Cup. As we roll into the second edition we will be looking at 2500 secondary schools participating,” Dare said.

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He added: “Note that Principal’s Cup used to be the engine room that supplied most of our best players and it speaks to the heart of grassroots sports development. To give it life, we came up with Flagship Ambassadors of the Principal’s Cup with Daniel Amokachi, Joseph Dosu, Mary Onyali, and Tajudeen Disu picked as ambassadors. You have also been appointed as an ambassador to motivate our young students”.

In his response, Ighalo said “It’s a great privilege to see you sir, and I have been following up on what you’ve been doing, granting me a chance to see you means a lot to me. For the first time we’ve seen sports moving forward as a business in Nigeria with your push and initiatives.

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