Football - NNPC/Shell Cup
In 1998, SPDC and its joint venture partners: the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Total Exploration and Production Nigeria, and the Nigerian Agip Oil Company, initiated the NNPC/Shell Cup Tournament.
The aim was to create a platform for the discovery of teenage football talent from secondary schools who are no less fascinated by football as they are by their studies. We cast the net far and wide to reach even the remote areas in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria.
Now in the 19th edition of the tournament, one success we are most proud of is the reduction in the number of boys who would have abandoned their education in pursuit of a career football. Combining sports with education is the true purpose of the NNPC/Shell Cup, and this has remained the driving principle.
The championship has also become a veritable feedstock for the Nigerian national teams and professional league in Nigeria. Many young footballers have been discovered from Nigerian secondary schools through this championship and they have gone on to represent the country in age-group football tournaments. A number of them have also graduated to the Under-23 team and then on to the Super Eagles level. Professional clubs in Nigeria and overseas have used the platform of the NNPC/Shell Cup to scout for talents for their teams.