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GTBank Masters Cup Returns for Season 8

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One of the most exciting secondary school football tournaments in Africa, the GTBank Masters Cup, is set to return for its 8th season, following its opening draws, which was held on Thursday, January 17, 2019, in Victoria Island, Lagos. The tournament will feature over 30 schools and more than 40 teams who will compete for trophies in the male and female categories.

Established in 2012, the GTBank Masters Cup is organized by foremost African financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank, as a way of extending the benefits of the Bank’s football programs to students outside the public school system.

Since its inception, the tournament has grown into one of the major platforms for discovering and developing exceptional football talents and many of its alumni are now on trials and scholarships with football clubs and academies in Nigeria and abroad.

The 7th season of the tournament, held in 2018, saw Igbobi College, Yaba and Queens College, Yaba, emerge champions in the male and female categories, respectively. This year, the route to the title in both categories promises to be even tougher with the tournament welcoming eight (8) new schools.

Commenting on the tournament, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, Segun Agbaje, said; “We are delighted to organize this tournament for the eighth edition, not only because of the platform it provides for the emergence of amazing football talents, but also because we see firsthand its impact in helping young people build a healthier lifestyle at this critical stage in their lives.”

He further stated that “At GTBank, we will continue to create and invest in initiatives that bring the values of sports to school compounds to ensure that young people that are passionate about sports have the opportunity to hone their talents and build character whilst still very focused on their academics.”

Guaranty Trust Bank plc maintains a defined Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) focused on championing causes and fostering initiatives that transform lives and uplift communities. The Bank is a leading advocate of Sports Education as a major way of promoting the values of excellence and fair play whilst laying a solid foundation for the emergence of sporting talents.

Alongside the GTBank Masters Cup, the Bank organizes and sponsors several other football programs, such as the GTBank Principals Cup tournaments in Lagos and Ogun States, the GTBank Super Cup and the Players Development Programme.

GTBANK MASTERS CUP SEASON 8

GROUP TABLE

MALE
A B C D E F G
KINGS COLLEGE LAGOS ANWAR-UL-ISLAM MODEL COLLEGE, AGEGE. GREENSPRINGS SCHOOL, LEKKI EKO BOYS HIGH SCHOOL, MUSHIN   WESTERN COLLEGE, YABA IGBOBI COLLEGE, YABA   JIBRIL MARTINS MEMORIAL GRAM. SCHOOL, IPONRI
BAPTIST ACADEMY, OBANIKORO CMS GRAMMAR SCHOOL, BARIGA   FEDERAL SCIENCE AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE, YABA WHITESAND SCHOOL, LEKKI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL LAGOS, AKOKA CHRISLAND SCHOOLS, IKEJA CORONA SECONDARY SCHOOL, AGBARA
DOWEN COLLEGE, LEKKI BELLINA COLLEGE, AKOKA   ATLANTIC HALL, EPE METHODIST BOYS HIGH SCHOOL, VICTORIA ISLAND BIRCH FREEMAN HIGH SCHOOL. ANSAR-UD-DEEN COLLEGE, ISOLO ANSAR-UD-DEEN GRAMMAR SCHOOL, RANDLE
IFAKO INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL BAKRE DISU OSHODI MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COLLEGE, IJANIKIN LIVINGSPRING HI-GRADE COLLEGE, ILASAMAJA APOSTOLIC CHURCH GRAMMAR SCHOOL, KETU AVI – CENNA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, IKEJA HALIFIELD SCHOOLS, MARYLAND  
LEAD-FORTE GATE COLLEGE LEKKI, LAGOS.              
FEMALE
A B C D
METHODIST GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL, YABA ANSAR-UD-DEEN GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL, ITIRE FEDERAL SCIENCE AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE, YABA QUEEN’S COLLEGE, YABA
GREENSPRINGS SCHOOL, LEKKI DOWEN COLLEGE, LEKKI CORONA SECONDARY SCHOOL, AGBARA ANSAR-UD-DEEN COLLEGE, ISOLO
BAKRE DISU OSHODI MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL ANWAR-UL-ISLAM GIRLS HIGH, OJOKORO JIBRIL MARTINS MEMORIAL GRAMMAR SCHOOL, IPONRI IFAKO INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL  
ATLANTIC HALL, EPE APOSTOLIC CHURCH GRAMMAR SCHOOL, KETU FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COLLEGE, IJANIKIN REAGAN MEM. BAPTIST GIRLS’ SECONDARY SCHOOL, SABO
CHRISLAND SCHOOLS, IKEJA BELLINA COLLEGE, AKOKA LEAD-FORTE GATE COLLEGE LEKKI, LAGOS. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL LAGOS, AKOKA

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Amaju Pinnick In Trouble As FG Slams N4bn, $8,400 Fraud Charges On NFF President

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The Federal Government has charged the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick and four others with alleged misappropriation of $8,400 belonging to the football body.

In a 17-count charge, marked FHC/ABJ/CR/93/2019, filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday, the money was said to have been paid by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to the NFF as appearance fees in the group state of the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Named with Pinnick in the charge, are NFF Secretary, Sunusi Mohammed; the 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwumi; the 2nd Vice-President, Shehu Dikko and an Executive member, Yusuff Fresh.

The defendants were also accused of “moving dishonestly and intentionally the sum of about N4bn” belonging to the NFF without the consent of the NFF.

The five are also accused, in the charge filed by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), led by Okoi Obono-Obla, of failing and neglecting to declare their assets.

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AFCON 2019: Nigeria Draws Guinea, Madagascar, Burundi [Full Fixtures]

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been drawn against Guinea, Madagascar, and Burundi in Group B of the African Cup of Nations, Egypt 2019.

The Gernot Rohr lads will begin their campaign at the the championship they won in South Africa i. 2013 against Burundi in the group opener.

In other groups, host Egypt will battle DR Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe in Group A, former champions Senegal and Algeria will have Kenya and giant killers Tanzania to slug it with in Group C.

Morocco, Cote d’Ivoire South Africa and Namibia were drawn in Group D which tagged as the competition Group of Death.

North African champions, Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania and Angola are up for Group E qualifying tickets.

Cameroon will also have Ghana, Benin and Guinea-Bissau to contend with Group F of the tournament.

Group A

Egypt
DR Congo
Uganda
Zimbabwe

Group B

Nigeria
Guinea
Madagascar
Burundi

Group C

Senegal
Algeria
Kenya
Tanzania

Group D

Morocco
Cote d’Ivoire
South Africa
Namibia

Group E

Tunisia
Mali
Mauritania
Angola

Group F

Cameroon
Ghana
Benin
Guinea-Bissau

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Give Me £500,000-A-Week And I’ll Snub Real Madrid —- Pogba Tells Man Utd

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Manchester United are reportedly ready to open talks with Paul Pogba over a new contract, the UK Sun reports.

But the French midfielder is going to test Old Trafford chiefs desire to keep him, by demanding a total wage packet of £500,000-a-week.

It is believed Pogba wants parity as the club’s highest paid player with Alexis Sanchez, as the eye-watering deal handed to Sanchez 15 months ago, is coming back to bite executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward once again.

Sanchez’s huge contract has changed the game at United, especially given the struggles suffered by the South American since joining last January.

Pogba’s demands will be strengthened by public admissions from Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane, that he would like his compatriot at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Pogba has two years left on his current £300,000-a-week deal, with a further 12-month option.

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