Friday, 23 July 2017 proved to be unforgettable for Osun State’s Progress Comprehensive High School after defeating rival team, Owerri City College, Imo State, to win the 2017 edition of the Copa Coca-Cola tournament at the national final match played at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos Island.
Both teams put up a strong spirited fight for the trophy and the prize money, and the Education Trust Funds, but in the end, the Osun boys were able to pull through with a 1-0 win.
The match, which had in attendance top officials from the Federal Government, Lagos State government, the National School Sports Federation (NSSF), and Senior Staff of Coca-Cola witnessed former Super Eagles captains Jay Jay Okocha and Kanu Nwankwo, thrill the audience with their display of football artistry were, in turn, awed by the young players who sought to outdo them in a precision test stunt dubbed ’Dare the COPA Legends’. The football legend, Okocha remarked that coming to the event provided them an opportunity to give wings to the passion and aspiration of the young players, by motivating them to reach for their dreams.
“Just like many football stars today, my football career began at the grassroots level. Today I am what I am because I had people who believed in me and gave me the opportunity to thrive. Copa Coca-Cola is doing just that.”