Faith Academy Kaduna have once again proved their superiority in secondary schools sports in the state as they beat Air Force Secondary School to emerge winners of the basketball event of the maiden edition of the Jamesons Accessories Inter-schools Sports Competition which ended at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Saturday.
In the 5-aside-football category which featured only primary schools, Federal Government College (FGC), Kaduna subdued hard fighting Al Amanar Schools 5-4 via penalties after both sides stood side-by-side 3-3 after regulation time.
Earlier in the football third place match, Kaduna International Schools beat Hakda Schools 4-2.
Speaking to newsmen at the end of the competition which is the first of its kind in Kaduna, Ambassador of Jamesons Accessories, Mr. Malachi Nathaniel appealed to the state government to support the organization to make the competition bigger in subsequent editions.
“Our aim is to promote sports in schools environment. We want to catch them young and have an impact in the live of the children. As you can see they are very happy being here, and would not even mind if this continues everyday,” he said.
Also speaking, Manager of Jamesons Accessories, Emmanuel Umaru said that the competition was put together to give pupils and students of different schools in the state a rare opportunity of coming together to interact and engage in healthy rivalry.
“It has been a long while we’ve had competitions like this in Kaduna. And we are delighted it was very rewarding because we have seen future stars in the making from this competition,” he added.
When fielding questions, the Secretary of the Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON) Kaduna State Chapter, Malam Abdulrazak Usman said that a total of 16 teams participated.
“We had eight schools from the primary schools and eight from the secondary schools,” he added.
He explained that there were plans to expand subsequent competitions to feature more teams, as well as female category, which was absent in this maiden edition.
He said that players discovered from the male category would be followed up and engaged in trainings to groom them for stardom by YSFON, while those discovered from basketball have been penciled down and would be handed over to the Kaduna State Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture for grooming.
When asked to comment on the outcome of the competition, captain of FGC Kaduna team, Aliyu Ahmad said he was very proud his team went all out to emerge champions.
The primary 4 pupil thanked his coach and team mates for their contributions.