GTBank News Feed http://gtbank.com Sun, 22 Oct 2017 17:33:54 +0000 Open Source Excellence RSS Feeder en-gb Stephen Odey: The fruit of GTBank-Lagos State Principals Cup http://gtbank.com/index.php/component/content/article/49-media/gtbank-in-the-news/739-stephen-odey-the-fruit-of-gtbank-lagos-state-principals-cup http://gtbank.com/index.php/component/content/article/49-media/gtbank-in-the-news/739-stephen-odey-the-fruit-of-gtbank-lagos-state-principals-cup Lagos, Nigeria - September, 2017

 

Every season, the Nigerian Professional football League (NPFL) pitches a new star. Stephen Odey of MFM FC is the man of the moment for the year 2017.

His striking form, which has left opposing teams in tears and sorrow, has placed MFM FC as a major contender among the possible league leaders and has earned them a continental ticket next year.

The sudden resurgence of the club appears to be tied to the magical boots of Stephen Odey whose goal count hits 18. This striker did not just drop from the moon, he is a product of the GTBank Principals Cup, a grass root football development programme of Guaranty Trust Bank.

Steven played in the second edition of GTBank-Lagos State Principals Cup where he was the captain of the winning Dairy Farm Senior Secondary School, Agege. He also topped the list of the GTBank 13-man All Star Team of the Year. It is therefore no surprise that the little mustard seed is fast growing into an oak.

In January 2017, Stephen received the NPFL Bloggers’ Award as the most valuable player of the month. Also, in the current season, he was the first player to score a hat trick among over 200 players in the league.

He scored five goals for the MFM FC in the 2015 season of the Nigeria National League, helping the club to gain promotion into the elite Nigeria Professional Football League. In the Season 2015/16, he scored 9 goals to become his club’s top scorer. In the current season, he has scored a total of 18 goals.

In some instances, 14 goals was what some players scored to emerge the top scorers for the entire season. In the days leading to the last friendly match the Super Eagles had in London, March this year, Odey’s name kept coming up as a domestic league player who should have been employed for the Super Eagles’ assignments. However, his exploit led to his invitation to the Super Eagles CHAN Team double header qualifiers against Benin Republic in August.

The former school boy sensation in the GTBank Principals Cup has a big burden on his neck. He will have to prove that unlike the ‘kings’ before him, he will not be a one season sensation.

Stephen’s impressive performance has now led him to signing a four year contract with Swiss club-FC Zurich, this may not be a big surprise considering the GTBank football tournaments growing profile of football future stars.

The 18-goal mark he set in 36 matches is even higher than what most of his predecessors scored in the entire 38-match seasons in the past.

Consider the goal-chart below:

Past Top Scorers of Nigerian League

  • 1990-Ishaya Jatau (Iwuanyanwu Nationale), 17 goals
  • 1991-Richard Ojomo (Bendel United), 12 goals
  • 1992-Arthur Moses (Super Stores), 10 goals
  • 1993-Tony Nwigwe (Iwuanyanwu Nationale), 13 goals
  • 1994-Olumide Harris (Shooting Stars), 14 goals
  • 1995-Ben Agadah (Gombe United), 12 goals
  • 1996-Peter Anyiolobi (Enyimba), 9 goals
  • 1997-Paul Kpoughoul (Jasper United/BCC Lions), 16 goals
  • 1998-Hassan Minda (Gombe United), 14goals
  • 1999-Emmanuel Agbo (Iwuanyanwu Nationale), 14 goals
  • 2000-Peter Ijeh (Julius Berger), 14 goals
  • 2001-Uche Okereke (Enugu Rangers), 13 goals
  • 2002-Joetex Frimpong (El-Kanemi), Victor Ezeji (Dolphins), 16 goals
  • 2003-Chibuzor Ozurumba (Iwuanyanwu), Endurance Idahor (Julius Berger) 12 goals each
  • 2004-Kabiru Alausa (Berger), 13 goals
  • 2005-Timothy Anjembe (Lobi Stars), Joseph Akpala (Insurance), Charles Omokaro (Sharks), 12 goals each
  • 2006 -Ibenebu Ikechukwu (El Kanemi), 10 goals
  • 2007 – Ameh Aruwa (Kaduna United), 10 goals
  • 2007/2008 – Abubakar Babale (Wikki Tourist/Sunshine Stars), 14 goals
  • 2008/2009 – Akarandut Orok (Akwa United), 17 goals
  • 2009/2010 – Ahmed Musa (Kano Pillars), 18 goals.
  • 2010/2011 – Jude Aneke (Kaduna United), 20 goals
  • 2011/2012 – Sibi Gwar (Niger United), 17 goals.
  • 2012/2013 – Victor Namo (Nasarawa United) 18 goals.
  • 2013/2014 – Mfoh Udoh ( Enyimba) 23 goals

 

Source: www.businessdayonline.com

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omatseyin.ayonronmi@gtbank.com (Omatseyin Ayonronmi) Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0000
GTBank holds player development, coach-training programme http://gtbank.com/index.php/component/content/article/49-media/gtbank-in-the-news/730-gtbank-holds-player-development-coach-training-programme http://gtbank.com/index.php/component/content/article/49-media/gtbank-in-the-news/730-gtbank-holds-player-development-coach-training-programme Lagos, Nigeria - August, 2017

A press conference held on Monday, August 21, 2017 to announce an all-expense paid intensive player development and coach-training programme tagged “Camp GTBank.”

Camp GTBank is a football and educational development initiative designed to train and develop outstanding football talents discovered at the GTBank football tournaments which include the GTBank-Lagos State Principals Cup, GTBank-Ogun State Principals Cup and the GTBank Masters Cup.

Since its inception in 2011, Camp GTBank has helped kick start the careers of more than 120 footballers, some of whom have been selected to represent the country in international tournaments at various levels, and are currently playing in both domestic and foreign league clubs.

Holding in Lagos from the August 21-28, 2017, this year’s edition of Camp GTBank will help prepare the outstanding talents for successful football careers whilst building the capacity of the coaches to improve the quality and potential of grassroots football.

The 8-day residential camp will feature renowned coaches such as Augustine Eguavoen, the former coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Jolomi Atune, coach of the Nigeria’s U-15 Future Eagles, and Ajuma Ottache, the only female coach of a professional male football team in Nigeria, amongst others.

The coaches will take the players through all the aspects of the game, expose them to modern rules and regulations and improve their physical and metal conditioning to position them for a professional career. The coaches will also offer expert coaching lessons to the school coaches and sport instructors over a two day period to develop and enhance their knowledge and technical competence.

Commenting on the Camp GTBank, the Managing Director/CEO of GTBank, Segun Agbaje, said “Given the amazing talents shortlisted for this programme and the quality of the coaches overseeing their development, I am confident that Camp GTBank will be a seedbed for the emergence of professional footballers who will go on to have very successful careers. This goes to the heart of our sports education initiatives, which are aimed at actively engaging the youths through sports whilst identifying, nurturing and grooming young football talents.”

He further stated that “At GTBank, we will continue to invest massively in youth development through education and sports in order to help more youths actualize their dreams and to also grow their personal confidence and make them become better team players.”

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 Education programmes in-classroom, Out-of-Classroom, infrastructure development, students’ scholarship and teachers training across Africa.

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omatseyin.ayonronmi@gtbank.com (Omatseyin Ayonronmi) Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000
GTBank Releases 737 Moments, Music Video Of Its Popular 737 Theme Song http://gtbank.com/index.php/component/content/article/49-media/gtbank-in-the-news/729-gtbank-releases-737-moments-music-video-of-its-popular-737-theme-song http://gtbank.com/index.php/component/content/article/49-media/gtbank-in-the-news/729-gtbank-releases-737-moments-music-video-of-its-popular-737-theme-song Lagos, Nigeria - July, 2017

737 Moments is a celebration of every moment—at home, in the office or on the go—when the bank’s customers have dialed *737# to buy airtime, transfer funds, pay bills or complete any of their transactions.

Teeming with colorful scenes, groovy beats and a melody that you won’t forget easily, the video of GTBank’s 737 theme song 737 moments has all the staples of a hit. Its purpose, though, is not to climb into the charts and claim the number one spot (where it rightly belongs) but to highlight the simplicity of 737 and its availability to every Nigerian at every moment in time.

737 Moments is a celebration of every moment—at home, in the office or on the go—when the bank’s customers have dialed *737# to buy airtime, transfer funds, pay bills or complete any of their transactions. Bereft of a super star cast and featuring people from all walks of life, the 737 Moments Video emphasizes the simplicity and universality of 737 with its promise of Simple Banking for Every Nigerian.

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Click here to watch the video and feel free to share your own 737 moment. #737moments.

 

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omatseyin.ayonronmi@gtbank.com (Omatseyin Ayonronmi) Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0000
GTBank Wins Euromoney Awards http://gtbank.com/index.php/component/content/article/49-media/gtbank-in-the-news/726-gtbank-wins-euromoney-awards http://gtbank.com/index.php/component/content/article/49-media/gtbank-in-the-news/726-gtbank-wins-euromoney-awards Lagos, Nigeria - July, 2017

Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank) said it was recently recognised as ‘Nigeria’s Best Bank & Africa’s Best Bank for SMEs’ during the 2017 Euromoney Awards which held in London.

Now in its 26th year, the Euromoney Awards for Excellence covers more than 20 global product categories, best-in-class awards and the best banks in over 100 countries around the world by recognising institutions that have demonstrated leadership, innovation, and momentum in the markets they operate.

In selecting its recipients, Euromoney combines quantitative and qualitative data to honor institutions that have brought the highest levels of service, innovation and expertise to their customers.

According to a statement while commenting on the award, Managing Director/CEO of GTBank, Segun Agbaje said: “We are honored to win the Best Bank in Nigeria award a record eight times and to be recognised as Africa’s Best Bank for SMEs. These awards reflect our progress in building strong, value adding relationships with our customers whilst positioning the bank as the financial institution for small and medium enterprises through our creation of free business platforms that are geared towards promoting enterprise in key economic sectors.

“We remain committed to maximising shareholders’ value and delivering superior and sustainable return, guided by our founding values of hard work, discipline and integrity.”

Also, Euromoney Magazine’s Editor, Mr. Clive Horwood, said: “Nigeria went through a difficult year, as low oil prices and capital flight continued to hurt the country’s economy. Many banks struggled as a result of this but GTBank remained strong, recording significant and enviable financial and non-financial performance.

According to him, the bank’s digital transformation drive has been very successful as it has enabled the bank to deepen financial inclusion across Africa with its array of tailor-made digital solutions that has made banking simpler and more accessible.”

Source: www.thisdaylive.com

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omatseyin.ayonronmi@gtbank.com (Omatseyin Ayonronmi) Mon, 03 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0000
Queens College, St. Finbarr’s College emerge winners in GTBank Masters Cup http://gtbank.com/index.php/component/content/article/49-media/gtbank-in-the-news/725-queens-college-st-finbarr-s-college-emerge-winners-in-gtbank-masters-cup http://gtbank.com/index.php/component/content/article/49-media/gtbank-in-the-news/725-queens-college-st-finbarr-s-college-emerge-winners-in-gtbank-masters-cup Lagos, Nigeria - June, 2017

The 6th season of the GTBank Masters Cup reached its climax on Thursday 29th June at the famous waterfront Onikan stadium in Lagos.

The prestigious secondary schools football tournament ended on an historic note, as old rivalries were renewed in the two matches that featured the four most outstanding teams in this year’s competition.

Commenting on the finals of the 2017 GTBank Masters Cup, Segun Agbaje, the MD/CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said “We are proud to lead this initiative that provides an avenue for students to showcase their talents and passion for the game of football even as they remain committed to their academics.” He further stated that “This 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”.

In the first match which repeated the 2014 finals, Queens College, Yaba won an exciting 2-0 victory over Ansar-Ud-Deen Girls High School, Itire scoring one of each half. This victory has retained Queens College Girls as the defending champions for four years back to back in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Chioma Mblonwu who scored the two goals for the Yaba girls in the 24th and 47th minutes to seal the victory over the Itire girls, said that despite the pressure mounted by Ansar-Ud-Deen Girls High School, Queens College were determined to defend their GTBank Masters Cup title. Mblonwu said: “I feel very excited and happy. The team is very happy,”

“The truth of the matter is that we felt a little pressure [from Ansar-Ud-Deen Girls High School] but everyone had at the back of their minds that we must make it. If the ones before us did it, we can. “They did very well, they performed very well,” she said.

She further stated that she believes that even without her, the Yaba girls are set to take the stage again come next season, “Next year our next team must match our feat and with the kind of team I’m leaving behind, they’ll definitely play better,” she added.

In the male category, two-time winners of the competition, Anwar-Ul-Islam College, Agege were denied a third trophy by arch-rivals St. Finbarr’s College, Akoka. The boys from Akoka won by a single goal margin of 2-1 in keenly contested final.

Anwar-Ul-Islam College forward Promise Ernest who believe that his team played well but were unlucky in finding the back of the net. Promise who was awarded the MVP felt he could have played a better game, in expressing his thought on the march he said, “My personal performance was very poor and I am disappointed with myself. Things didn’t just work out in our favour because we performed well today.”

Established in 2012, the GTBank Masters Cup is an annual football competition for first generation and private secondary schools in Lagos State geared towards the development of grassroots football, the discovery of young soccer talents, and fostering camaraderie amongst competing schools.

Source: www.businessdayonline.com

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omatseyin.ayonronmi@gtbank.com (Omatseyin Ayonronmi) Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000