Sunday , 3 March 2024

MTN Champs ends colourfully in Abuja MTN CHAMPS As 800 Athletes Competed at the Grand Finale

The journey of eight weeks across four different cities of the MTN Schools’ Athletics Championships tagged MTN Champs came to an exciting and colourful ending at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja, as over 800 athletes competed at the Grand Final.

The event attracted dignitaries from MTN, Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF) and organisers – Making of Champions (MoC).

For the Abuja leg, Foundation Science emerged winners in the Cadet (U-14) Girls’ category, finishing ahead of Nigerian Tulip International (33 points) and Army Day (16 points).

However, Army Day bounced back in the Cadet Boys’ class to beat Doveland International (34 points) and Foundation Science (33 points).

Nigerian Tulip International dominated the Youth (U-17) Girls’ category and they were followed by Army Day (33 points) and Zuba Government Secondary School (30 points) respectively.

Chosen International was the team to beat in the Youth Boys category while Foundation Science was 2nd with 37 points, and Doveland International came third.

Team MVP emerged the top team in the Junior (U-23) category followed by Coach Felix Academics and Karu Government Day .
The six MVPs and four ‘Golden Performers’ from MTN CHAMPS Abuja were unveiled at the end of the competition.

Team MVP’s pair of Faidah Abdulhamed and Lucky Ebe were named MVPs of the Cadet Girls’ and Boys’ categories respectively. Abdulhamed claimed a silver medal in the 100m and Bronze in the 200m. On his own part, Ebe, a hearing-impaired athlete, stormed to victory in the sprint double to earn a place on the list.Miracle Ezechukwu was unbeaten across the Youth Girls’ 100m and 200m and named MVP in that category. Hamza Dalhatu emerged Youth Boys’ MVP, courtesy of his silver medal in the 200m.

Dynamic’s Comfort Sule secured her spot as Junior Girls’ MVP after racing to a bronze medal in the 200m. Osama Chibueze outclassed all his competitors in the Junior Boys 100m and 200m, striking GOLD in both events to become Junior Boys’ MVP.

The four Golden Performers were Chizoba Gift Onyemauwa, Fervent Imoh, Chigozie Kanu and Khalil Saleh. 20 Athletes across the four locations have been shortlisted in the final selection phase, with 10 of them eventually making it into the MoC Academy sponsored by MTN.

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