It was a sunny day at the University of Portharcourt stadium, the fans were buzzing with excitement as the champions of the school’s Vice-Chancellor’s cup was to be decided.
The group stages were intense as 13 faculties fought for the rights to be crowned champions. The Faculty of education had both their men’s and women’s teams in the final while their challengers were Social sciences for the women while the Men’s final was against the faculty of Pharmacy.
The women’s final officially kicked off at 2:43 pm. The Faculty of Education dominated the game and thought they had scored the opener but the play was offside and the goal was ruled out. But the disappointment did not last for long as they eventually took the lead from a strike from Gabriel Faith. Nwafor Mimi made it 2-0 for the faculty of Education before the break. Delight scored in the second half and increased the lead to 3-0, the match ended 3-1 with the team from Social Sciences grabbing a consolation goal.
The Men’s final match commenced with a kick-off by the Dean of Faculty of Pharmacy at 5:20 pm. The first goal of the match was scored by Justice and was followed by another by David, the faculty of Education led by 2-0 by half time.
Few minutes into the second half, the faculty of pharmacy scored a goal via free-kick to make it 2-1 and it was game on. The fight for a comeback did not last long as the faculty of education scored again with the lead at 3-1, the faculty of pharmacy scored to make the final stages an intense fixture but the team from the faculty of Education held out to be crowned champions.
The Faculty of Education emerged as the winners of the 2021 Vc’s cup for both the female and male categories.
Captain of the Faculty of Education’s male team and best male player of the tournament Umoh Louis Anthony was left emotional after his side was crowned winners of the Vice-Chancellor’s cup. “ I sacrificed a lot of my time to put this team together. We trained under the sun and rain, we prayed together as a team, I did my possible best in encouraging my players by reminding them that we lost the 2019 VC’s cup finals to Faculty of Social Sciences” He explained
He concluded by praising the organizing committee of the cup, giving credence to the fact that the tournament was a difficult one, “The VC’s cup tournament was a very tough one because all faculties with fantastic players participated actively such as Faculty of Sciences, Engineering, Agriculture, Pharmacy, etc. Therefore I thank the Acting Vice-chancellor Prof. Steve Okodudu, the Dean of Students Affairs Dr. Kunle Sofolabo, the Director of Sports(SUG) Udo Edidiong Okon for the opportunity given to us to showcase our talent during the Vc’s cup tournament 2019/2020 session. I return all Glory to God.”
The Vice-chancellor cup is one of the few tournaments organized by Udo Edidiong Okon, the Director of Sports(SUG) whose mandate is the discovery of sports talent in the university of Portharcourt for the purpose of inclusion into the school’s sports teams. He said. “ We do not have a school team in football, and we cannot handpick players into the school team, we decided to use the VC cup to scout for players. Fortunately for us, we were able to get two football teams from the Vice-chancellors cup. The Vice-chancellor, Dean of faculties were able to attest to the fact that this was the best Vice-chancellor’s cup organized in the history of the University of Portharcourt.”