Proprietor of FOSLA Academy, Karshi, Abuja, Sani Lulu Abdullahi, has commended his players and officials on the team’s impressive outing at the just concluded All Nigeria Secondary school football championship otherwise known as the NNPC/Shell Cup. FOSLA Academy who made their debut in the 2015/16 edition of the competition as representatives of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, lost the chance to win the Cup by whiskers in the final as they fell 3-2 to Excel Education Centre, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium Lagos on June 17.
Lulu who was President of the Nigeria Football Federation from 2006-2010 while welcoming the players from the competition in Abuja Monday evening commended his players and officials for their doggedness and fighting spirit, which saw them prevail over many odds to reach the final of Nigeria’s prime football competition for secondary schools. Addressing his players and officials at the school premises, he said: “I have to thank God for your great showing, and for what he has done for you. You went, you saw and you conqured. From your great performance in the championship, many people feel you came out as conquerors. I am quite fulfilled that you reached the final of the competition in your first attempt.”
He commended the school’s management and other officials for providing the required support which helped in the success of the team. Lulu said apart from the prize money it was an icing on the cake for his boys as three of his players received key individual awards: Joseph Ede was voted the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament; while SolomonAbraham emerged as the highest goal scorer of the tournament; and Andrew Onyeke, was voted the best defender of the tournament. Lulu said that his dream for the school, is to be the best of its kind not only in Nigeria but in the entire world, and prayed that God will give him the required resources and health to actualize this lofty goal.
In her remarks, Ebhodaghe Josephine, the school’s principal who spoke in similar vein urged the organisers to check the use of mercenaries in the competition .
According to her: ‘we were the only school that came with documents about our school and about our players. Others could not. The organisers need to address this issue in future.”

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