February, 14 2022.
By Paul Akhagbemhe.
Soccer Fans in the ancient city of Kano got a full dose of action on Sunday as the 39th edition of the annual Ramat Cup boys U-16 International football tournament kicks off at the Kano Pillars Stadium in Kano.
The much orchestrated tournament put together by the Youth Sports Federation Of Nigeria YSFON started with the usual screening exercise which was thorough.
Some of the states were disappointed as a couple of their players could not scale through the exercise.while the affected states were fined for going against the rules.
In all it was worth the time. Only Adamawa,Abia and Rivers States that arrived late didn't feel the heat
Immediately after,The technical team put together the formidable fixtures.
The first match of the day was between Defending Champions Kwara and Ekiti U-16 team . It was a breath- taking encounter. but the Agbana boys of Ekiti could not live up to their expectations as Kwara defeated them by 3 goals to nothing.
In the same vein, the much advertised Plateau youth team underrated their Jigawa Opponents.They were also humiliated by 3 goals to nothing.
Kaduna State had to fight back from a goal down to overpower Sokoto by 3 goals to 1.
Kebbi U-16 team were not fully tested as Nasarawa's resilience only yielded 1-1 draw.
At a post match briefing on Sunday YSFON's Technical director Abdulgafar Agboola called for patience and cooperation so that the Participating teams will get the fullest followership as we await more upsets.
So far 20 teams have arrived for the tournament and the boys are eager to go despite caressing harmattan.