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In the past, many students in Nigeria had dropped out of school to play football. The NNPC-Shell Cup is to ensure that talented youths are able to combine education with developing their football skills and career.
Team captain Purple Krown College Enugu lifts the NNPC/Shell Cup2013 trophy, flanked by MD SPDC Mutiu Sunmonu and the Minister of Sports Bolaji Abdullahi on his right.
Over 3,000 schools across the country participate in each edition of the championship.
By investing over N75 million a year in the championship, we hope to give more young men the opportunity of participating in and enjoying the sport.
The championship has been a massive success as players in the competition have continued to receive national and international exposure.
The antecedents are already fairly well-known.
In its eight years of existence, the championship has continually contributed to the national pool of talents from which national team players from all levels are drawn.
The exploits of Promise Isaac, Chinedu Ogbuike, Solomon Okoronkwo and Ambros Vanzekin, four NNPC/Shell Cup alumni at the last world Youth Championship, where the under-21 team narrowly missed the gold, remain unparalleled in Nigeria's football annals.
When you add the fact that these boys graduated from the under-16 team where they had featured along with Emmanuel Sarki and that many of them are playing in major football leagues abroad, it is easy to see why NNPC/Shell Cup has to be in the vanguard of preparation for the next World Cup.
That is why Shell Nigeria will leave no stone unturned to keep NNPC/Shell Cup continually alive to its emerging responsibility as the nation's foremost football nursery.