The competition is being organized by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission in conjunction with the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS).
Speaking at the unveiling of the cup at the DAWN headquarters, Cocoa House, Ibadan, on Tuesday, the Director-General of the commission, Mr Dipo Famakinwa, disclosed that the trophy was donated by the host state, the Ondo State Government.
According to Famakinwa, the aim of the competition is to create opportunities for young talents to interact and strive for excellence in education and sports.
He added that the event would expose participants to talents outside their immediate environment. According to him, it would also complement the efforts of teachers whose commitment and passion for the job he commended.
“DAWN thought about how to engage our youths positively and we believe sport is a key area. It is aimed at rebuilding capabilities of our children.”
The forthcoming tournament is the maiden edition. It is slated for September 22 to 24, 2016. Each state is expected to come up with a team of 16 players and two coaches who would be accommodated by the host state for the period. The players must be between the ages of 14 and 17 years.
Presidents of ANCOPSS and in the six southwest states and other school principals present at the forum pleddged their support for the tournament saying that it was a step in the right direction.