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GTBank’s Masters Cup Season 5 Enters Semi Final Stage

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The semi-finals of the GTBank Master’s Cup, Season 5, kicks off Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos with 8 first generation and missionary secondary schools in Lagos state competing for the highly coveted cup in both the male and female categories.

The prestigious secondary school football tournament is an annual football competition geared towards the development of grassroots football, the discovery of young football talents and fostering camaraderie amongst secondary school students. It also provides a platform for identifying, nurturing, grooming young and talented players as well as helping students actualize their dream of becoming professional footballers.

This season has already produced an exciting display of football skill and talent, and the semi-finals promises to raise that excitement with eye catching match ups in the male and female categories. The semi-finals will take place on Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20, with defending champions and three-time winners, Queens College, Yaba who breezed through the group stage of the competition without losing any match, squaring up against now face perennial rivals Ansar-Ud-Deen Girls High School, Itire who will be hoping to avenge their loss in the 2015 GTBank Masters Cup Final. On the same day, the defending champions of the male category, St. Gregory’s College, will go up against high-flying debutants Chrisland Schools who will be looking to take their fairytale run all the way to the final.

The day two of the competition will feature what has been tagged the Yaba Derby with Federal Science & Technical College, Yaba making their first appearance in the semi-finals against a Methodist Girls High School hoping to be third time lucky in this stage of the competition. Both teams recorded emphatic wins in the quarter finals to set-up what promises to be an exciting encounter. In the male category, two-time finalist, King’s College, Lagos have a date with destiny as they take on Greensprings School the highest scoring team this season with 15 goals. Greensprings School are making their first appearance in this competition and have taken everyone by surprise with their ruthlessness in front of goal coupled with their disciplined and highly technical organized playing style which has been a marvel to watch.

Commenting on the tournament, Segun Agbaje, Managing Director, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, stated that “over the years this tournament has helped participating students work towards actualizing their dream of becoming professional footballers and some of them are already making a career out of football. It has also helped them grow in personal confidence and become better team players”. “GTBank will continue to invest massively in youth development through education and sports”, he added.

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.

 

For more information on the football competition, visit www.gtbank.com/football

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BREAKING: Man United Legend Wayne Rooney Appointed Derby Coach

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Wayne Rooney has been appointed as Derby’s coach on a permanent basis, the Championship club announced on Friday.

Derby County confirmed the 35-year-old former Manchester United and England forward had agreed to a permanent deal until 2023, having succeeded Phillip Cocu on an interim basis in November.

The club statement confirmed that in accepting the manager’s role, Rooney had “elected to call time on his illustrious playing career to fully focus on his job”.

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Anthony Joshua Reveals Retirement Date

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Anthony Joshua admits he is “coming towards the end of my career” and has hinted that he will have a maximum of “five years left” in the sport before retiring.

The 31-year-old world heavyweight champion could be approaching the most significant period of his career, with ongoing negotiations about two massive unification fights against Tyson Fury in 2021.

Since making his pro debut in 2013, Joshua has become a two-time champion, having regained his WBA, IBF, and WBO titles in a 2019 rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr before defending them with a knockout win over Kubrat Pulev last month.

“This isn’t the start of my career. I’m coming towards the end of my career,” Joshua told Sky Sports News.

“I’m not someone who lives in the moment and thinks that everything is just like for now. I’m always planning ahead so I’m coming towards the end of my career.

“Five years left and that’s basically an Olympic cycle. I’ve got an Olympic cycle and a little bit more left, so when you see the next Olympics happen is when I’ll be coming to the end of my career and the next generation will be coming through.”

Fury turned professional in 2008, nearly five years before Joshua, who recently suggested that his British rival should also be thinking about hanging up his gloves.

“Fury has been professional much longer than me. He should be looking to retire soon,” Joshua had told Sky Sports.

“If he wants to cement his legacy, I’m here and ready. I’ve built myself into this position.”

But the 32-year-old Fury told Sky Sports last year that he wanted a lengthy world title reign like Wladimir Klitschko.

“Klitschko did it until he was 40,” said Fury who ended the Ukrainian’s dominance with a points win in 2015.

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Ex-Italy Defender Bellugi’s Legs Amputated After COVID-19 Complications

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Former Italy and Inter Milan defender Mauro Bellugi revealed on Tuesday that both his legs had been amputated following coronavirus complications.

Bellugi, 70, was hospitalized on November 4 after contracting Covid-19, with doctors forced to carry out a double amputation following a worsening of pre-existing conditions.

“They also took off my leg with which I scored against Borussia Moenchengladbach,” said Bellugi of a goal scored for Inter in the European Cup in November 1971.

Bellugi, who also played for Bologna and Napoli during the 1960s and 1970s, went on to become a football pundit.

“I will wear prostheses like those of (Oscar) Pistorius, so I will overtake you in the corridors of the television studios,” he told journalist Luca Serafini on altropensiero.net.

Bellugi won the Serie A title with Inter in 1971 and also played for Italy in the World Cup of 1974 and 1978.

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