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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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Ukraine vs Nigeria: New Super Eagles Invitee, Maja Takes Over Mikel Obi’s Number 10 Shirt

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New Super Eagles invitee, Josh Maja, will be wearing jersey number 10 for Tuesday’s international friendly against Ukraine at the Dnipro Arena, according to Sporting Life.

The iconic jersey was worn by John Mikel Obi, who retired from international football after this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Maja who plays for French Ligue 1 side, Bordeaux, was a late call up for the friendly following the withdrawal of key players.

Alex Iwobi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Ola Aina, William Troost-Ekong, and Leon Balogun have retained their shirt numbers ahead of the match.

Rohr’s men will be facing a Ukraine side, that has never lost to an Africa side in the last seven years.

Kick off is 7.30pm.

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Zenith Bank Celebrates D’Tigress On Back-To-Back Afrobasket Championship Victory

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Zenith Bank Plc, the sole sponsor of the Nigerian Female Basketball League has hailed the Nigerian female basketball team, D’Tigress, for emerging champions of the FIBA Women’s Afrobasket 2019 in Dakar, Senegal, defeating the host nation 60-55 points in the final match to retain the coveted trophy.

Speaking on the success of the team at the championship, the Group Managing Director/ Chief Executive, Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu commended the team for their hard work, doggedness and team spirit, which has seen them retain the trophy which they won two years ago in Mali. He expressed delight at the heroics of the team, comprised mostly of products of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League, which the bank has sponsored for 15 years consecutively.

D’Tigress of Nigeria held their nerves in the final quarter of the game played at the magnificent Dakar Arena on Sunday, fighting off a late challenge from their Senegalese counterparts, to emerge African champions for the fourth time.

Evelyn Akhator, one of the products of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League, scored 14 points and made nine rebounds and her amazing performance throughout the tournament earned her a place in the Tournament Five.

The Nigerian female basketball team kick-started the competition with resounding victories of 75-26 points win over Tunisia and 106-39 points win over Cameroun in the group stages, before recording a 79-46 points win over Congo in the quarterfinals and a 79-58 points win over Mali in the semifinals.

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Rohr Must Scout For Goalkeepers — Peter Rufai

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Ex-International, Peter Rufai has admonished the Super Eagles’ technical crew to work more on the goalkeeping department in the team, to fix some of the loopholes experienced at the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations.

Dodo Mayana as he’s fondly called during his goalkeeping days stated that the goalkeeping trio of Okechukwu Ezenwa, Francis Uzoho, and Daniel Akpayi had an impressive performance with little or more to amend.

The Super Eagles finished third at the AFCON tournament after beating Tunisia 1-0 in the third-place match, thanks to an Odion Ighalo’s solitary goal in the first half.

However, Rufai told Soccernet.ng that the team’ technical trainer, Gernot Rohr should scout for more goalkeepers that would create more competition in the team.

“There is no doubt that the goalkeeper who represented Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations showed a very decent performance. At least we saw what goalkeepers such as Okechukwu Ezenwa, Francis Uzoho, and Daniel Akpayi could do for the Super Eagles but then, I still think the Super Eagles technical crew must scout for more goalkeepers that will give them stiff competition.

“This is not to say that they are not good but there is always the need for competition in the team to bring out the best from them.

Rufai earned 65 caps for Nigeria, and represented the nation at two FIFA World Cups, always as a starter: 1994 (Nigeria’s first-ever appearance, where he also acted as captain) and 1998, also helping the Super Eagles win the 1994 African Cup of Nations in Tunisia.

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