Organisers of the Channels Kids Cup have confirmed that the grassroots football tournament has gone international following the participation of teams from Ghana and Benin Republic.
The tournament in its ninth edition is for pupils in primary school under the ages of thirteen and operates with a philosophy of zero tolerance to age cheat.
Fourteen schools chosen from the six geo-political zones will compete alongside schools from Gahana and Benin Republic.
The schools that qualified for the final are, Waziri Primary School, Minna; Burhanudeen LGEA Primary School, Ojagboro, Ilorin; Turaki Model Primary School, Sokoto; St Augustine’s Catholic Nursery & Primary School, Osun Ekiti; Paragon Demonstration School, Benin City; World Book Capital City Model Primary School, Port Harcourt and City Primary School Umuahia, Abia State.
Others are Community School, Ezima Obaire, Imo State; African Church Primary School, Onibuku, Ado Odo Ota; Islamic Government School, Modakeke, Osun State; LGEA Jaafaru Primary School, Kaduna; Islamiya LGEA School Kabawa, Lokoja; Xplanter Primary School, Ikorodu; Community Primary School, Abule Egba; Abeka 4 Basic School, New Fadama Accra, Ghana and Saint Louis de Seme Krake, Benin Republic.
Schools will start arriving in Lagos for season nine of the competition from Saturday, May 20th 2017. The draw ceremony and unveiling of jerseys will be done on Sunday, May 21st while action will commence on Monday, May 22nd at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
The final game will be played on Children’s day, May 27th 2017.