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Foremost African Financial Institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, has announced the commencement of the 2017 edition of the GTBank – Ogun State Principals’ Cup Season 5 at a press conference held on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Cinema Hall, June 12 Cultural Center, Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

GTBank has been at the forefront of promoting grassroots football in Nigeria,and in 2012 the Bank created the GTBankOgun State Principals Cup competition, a version of which it has sponsored in Lagos State since 2009. Now among the largest and most widely followed grassroots soccer competitions in Africa, the tournamentsare aimed at actively engaging secondary school students through sports whilst promoting the values of excellence and fair play. They also provide a platform for identifying, nurturing and grooming young and talented players and helping them on the journey towards actualizing their dreams of becoming world class footballers.

Season 4 of the GTBank Ogun State Principals Cup competition had more than 300 participating teams in the male and female categories, all drawn from schools across the four educational districts in Ogun State – Egba, Ijebu, Remo and Yewa. In the boys’ category, Alamuwa Grammar School, Ado Odo emerged champions after defeating Methodist Comprehensive College, Sagamu 2-1 in the finals, while Muslim High School, Isolu clinched the title in the girls’ category with a 3-2 victory over Iganmode Grammar School, Ota. Season 5 of the tournament will feature about 350 teams in the male and female categories with the eventual Winner, 1st , 2ndand 3rdRunners Up takinghome the total sum of N5 million.

Over the years, the GTBank Ogun State Principals Cup has launched the professional careers of several talented and renowned players like OpeyemiQudus, Owode Secondary School, Owode; Akin Ayinde, Ilugun High School, Orile-Ilegun; and Ibrahim Deinde, Akesan High School, Sagamu who played in the 2014 and 2015 editions of the tournament, andwere selected to join theNigerian U-15 Team.

Commenting on the tournament, the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, stated that “The GTBank Ogun State Principals Cup is part of the Bank’s efforts to identify, nurture and groom young and talented players as they work towards their dream of being world class footballers whilst fostering and building a healthier lifestyle at a critical stage in their lives.” He further stated that “As we commence the5th season of this annual grassroots football competition, we remain committed to investing massively in the development of young people through education and sports.

Guaranty Trust Bank, a youth oriented brand, maintains the lead in providing support for education and sports to enable young boys and girls explore their talents and reach for their dreams. It is one of the few Nigerian financial institutions that have maintained a defined Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy, most especially in sports education. 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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#EndSARS: Super Eagles’ Players Scared To Visit Nigeria —– Ndidi

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Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi has said that foreign-based footballers are scared of visiting Nigeria over the alleged killings by suspected operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Ndidi made this claim in a tweet on Saturday.

The Super Eagles midfielder lamented that many Nigerian youths are being killed by those expected to protect them.

Ndidi wrote: “End SARS for the safety of Nigerians. We are scared to visit home because the people who are meant to protect us are killing us.

“Looking good with dreads is not a crime.”

Other national team stars like Leon Balogun, Shehu Abdulahi, and John Ogu had joined the call for SARS to be disbanded.

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UEFA Approves Fans For Bayern, Sevilla Super Cup Clash

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Europe’s football governing body UEFA has confirmed fans will be allowed for next month’s Super Cup clash between Bayern Munich and Sevilla.

It however said only 30 percent of fans will watch the match live at Puskas Stadium in Budapest.

The stadium in the capital of Hungary holds 67,215 spectators at full capacity, which means that 20,164 people will be allowed to attend the clash.

The annual fixture pits the winners of the Champions League against the victors of the Europa League – which Sevilla won for a record sixth time earlier this month by defeating Inter in the showpiece.

This match will be the Andalusian club’s sixth Super Cup of which they have won just once – in 2006, when they defeated Barcelona 3-0 in the showpiece – but have lost on four occasions: 2007, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Bayern Munich was crowned winners of the Champions League by defeating Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in Sunday’s final.

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BREAKING: Mikel Obi Returns To England, Joins Stoke City

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Former Super Eagles skipper John Obi Mikel has joined Championship side Stoke City.

The club confirmed he is the fourth signing of the summer.

“The Nigerian international midfielder joins Morgan Fox, James Chester and Steven Fletcher in checking in at the bet365 Stadium ahead of the 2020/21 Championship season,” a statement by the club’s website stated.

Mikel, who won a host of domestic and European honours during a glittering 11-year stay at Chelsea, returns to English football after a spell in the Turkish Super Lig with Trabzonspor.

Manager Michael O’Neill told the club’s website: “We’re delighted to bring John to the Club. His playing career speaks for itself and underlines his caliber as a player.

“I was really impressed with him when we met for the first time and he outlined what he wants from the next phase of his career.

“We spent four hours talking and he made it clear he wants to get back into the Premier League and finish his career there and hopefully he can do that with Stoke City.”

Mikel made more than 370 appearances for Chelsea, helping them to land the Premier League title twice, as well as three FA Cups, the Champions League, and Europa League.

After a spell in China, he played for Middlesbrough after joining them on a short-term deal in January 2019, making 19 appearances. He won 91 caps before retiring from international football following last year’s African Cup of Nations.

Mikel described joining Stoke as “a new chapter”.

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