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2024 FCT School Sports: Festivities Comes To An End

todayMarch 14, 2024 4

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The Barrister Nyesom Wike FCT School Sports Festival 2024, came to a rousing conclusion, at the Main Bowl of the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja with Government Secondary School (GSS) Karu emerging the overall champions.

The fiesta which began on February 22, 2024 with zonal preliminaries, hosted at eight centers, across the six Area Councils of the FCT; Abaji, Kwali, Kuje, Gwagwalada, Tunga-Maje and Tudun Wada Dutse-Alhaji; featured Board events like Scrabble, Chess, football, Volleyball, Handball, Track and Field, Table Tennis and Badminton.

Twenty-five years after its last run, the competition reopened to public and private Primary, Junior Secondary, and Senior Secondary Schools in the nation’s capital.

A key attraction on the final day were wheelchair races, and race-walk by special athletes from School of Children with Special Needs and School for the Gifted, Gwagwalada, which overly underlined the aura of inclusivity; as the dignitaries, other students in the stands, as well as games officials, gamemasters and mistresses, the media and a handful of parents, cheered along as the athletes wheel and walked across the finishing line.

Also Read: FCT School Sports Final: FOSLA Academy In Gold Rush On Day 1

Eight hundred and forty top performers from the zonal preliminaries, including first and some second-place finishers, descended on the City Centre since March 10th. The FCT Science, Technology, and Innovation Center housed them in its hostels. A dedicated team of six chaperones and fifteen organizing committee members ensured their well-being.

While the football events for the Primary and Secondary, where stood down for what the Director FCT Secondary Schools Sports Department, Mallam Hashimu Adamu Ojah called “a good course”, FOSLA Academy Karshi won the football gold in spectacular fashion on Wednesday, by piping GSS Dutse-Alhaji 1-Nil in a closely fought final.

Having hammered Vocational Enterprise Institute (VEI) Kuje 7-1, the Academy founded and owned by former President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi were the overwhelming favourites to win the Gold Medal.

But the permutation evaporated almost instantly, as soon as the game began; largely due to the heroics of Precious Dahunsi, the goalkeeper of Dutse-Alhaji whose spectacular saves ensured that the scores were kept low.

The match winner was Benjamin Alfa who spotted Jersey No 11. He scored from the penalty spot in the 25th minute of play, to ensure that FOSLA Academy lived up to their reputation, as FCT and National Principal Cup Champions.

Earlier, GSS Tunga Maje which despite not being able to make it to the podium as Over Bests, had their athletes medaling in many of the events, in the Junior and Senior Secondary categories; won the Bronze Medal match, by edging out VEI Kuje 5-4 on penalties, after their 3rd place match, which preceded the final at the Old Parade Ground, Area 10, Garki; had ended one-all.

Written by: Godstime Egelege-Idama

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