The maiden edition of the Independence Cup competition for Secondary Schools in Lokoja has been concluded with a call on students in the state to take sports as a serious business.
The Commander, Army Records, Chari-Meigumeri Barracks, Major General Alphonsus Chukwu made the call while presenting the trophy of the competition to winners, Government Day Secondary School, Lokoja to the captain of the team, Tosin Dauda.
General Chukwu who was the guest of honour at the occasion in Lokoja at the weekend said that sports are a good avenue of making money and fame.
He commended the organizers for putting up the programme which he added is geared towards youth development.
Ten schools took part in the almost two week event. They are; Crowther Memorial College, Kings and Queens School, Army Day Secondary School, Alhassan School, Government Day Secondary School.
Others are, Baptist High School, Aregbege College, Christfield Secondary School, Scintillate Academy and Freedom Faith Secondary School.
At the final match at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja, Government Day Secondary School lifted the trophy by defeating Army Day Secondary School through a penalty shoot-out by 5-4 after the regulation time had ended in a barren draw.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Chief Executive Officer of the organizing company, Miss Grace Eleojo Adamu, had said that the event was aimed at creating, fostering and giving room for rapport among youths via football as she promised to sustain it.