GTBank – Lagos State Principals Cup (Season 6) Finals holds on Wednesday 20th, May 2015
Lagos Nigeria – May, 2015.
The Finals of the GTBank–Lagos State Principals Cup competition will hold on Wednesday 20th May, 2015 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. The biggest grassroots football competition in West Africa enters its concluding phase as four schools in the male and female categories are set to compete for the highly coveted winners trophies.
For 6 years running, the competition has provided a developmental platform for young talents to be identified, nurtured and contribute immensely to the development of grassroots football.
615 teams drawn from secondary schools across 6 districts in Lagos State featured in this season’s competition which is tagged “Smash all Barriers. Players like Salisu Anuoluwapo from Ikotun Senior High School, Ikotun and Moshood Akano from Birrel Avenue Senior High School, Sabo, are notable names to look out for. Both players scored 5 and 3 goals respectively, and emerged as the most valuable player 3 times in the course of the tournament.
In the build up to the finals, Keke High School, Ijaiye defeated Ifako Comprehensive Senior Secondary School Gbagada by a lone goal, while Ikorodu Senior High School, Ikorodu lost to Birrel Avenue Secondary School Sabo by 2-1. In the female category, Oriwu Senior Model College, Ikorodu knocked out CMS Girls Senior Secondary School Bariga 4-3 on penalties, just as Ikotun Senior High School, Ikotun edged out government Senior College, Agege by 3-1. Third Place matches will be played on Monday 18th May, 2015. This year’s finals promises to be full of pomp and glamour as new sets of young stars will be ushered into limelight.
According to Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director of GTBank, “the Principals Cup Competition paves the way for youths to cultivate their sporting talents and aptitudes, while fostering and building a healthier lifestyle at a critical stage in their lives”. He enjoined the students to imbibe the spirit of fair play, hard work, and discipline, which are some of the core values of GTBank.
The female final match starts at 11am while the male final match will kick off from 1pm. The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola, and the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank, Segun Agbaje are expected to hand over trophies to the winning GTBank-Lagos State schools.
At the end of the tournament, cash prizes of N1, 000,000, N750,000, N500,000 and N250,000 will be presented to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place winners in each of the male and female categories. GTBank will provide sports facility/infrastructure upgrade and sports equipment such as balls, goal post nets and corner flags for schools throughout the duration of the competition.
Guaranty Trust Bank plc is one of the few Nigerian financial institutions that have maintained a defined Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy since its inception in 1990. The Bank actively supports in-classroom and out-of-classroom educational programmes, infrastructure development, students’ scholarship and teachers training across Africa.
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