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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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BREAKING: Arsenal Sacks Unai Emery After 18 Months

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Arsenal has sacked head coach Unai Emery.

The 48-year-old has left the club following Arsenal’s worst run of form since 1992 with the Gunners winless in seven games and eight points off the top four in the Premier League.

Freddie Ljungberg will lead Arsenal for Sunday’s game away to Norwich City.

A 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League proved to be the final straw for the Arsenal hierarchy, who had hoped to be able to wait until the end of the season before making a decision on Emery’s future.

The Spaniard faced mounting criticism for fans not just for results but for a style of play at Arsenal that was viewed by many as too conservative.

Speaking on behalf of the Arsenal board and owners Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, Josh Kroenke said: “Our most sincere thanks go to Unai and his colleagues who were unrelenting in their efforts to get the club back to competing at the level we all expect and demand. We wish Unai and his team nothing but future success.”

In his only full season in charge, Emery led Arsenal to fifth place in the Premier League, a run of two wins in their final seven games seeing them throw away a top-four finish and a Europa League final where defeat to Chelsea cost them Champions League qualification.

Returning to Europe’s top competition is a major priority for Arsenal both in terms of finances and prestige. It was felt that the club’s chances of qualifying were greater without Emery than with him.

Arsenal will be appointing just their third manager in 23 years with the likes of Mikel Arteta and Massimiliano Allegri expected to be under consideration for the role.

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Mourinho Meets Arsenal Chief, Set To Replace Embattled Gunners Manager Emery

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Arsenal is reportedly close to making their move to replace manager Unai Emery with former Chelsea boss, Mourinho.

Arsenal head of football, Raul Sanllehi dined with Jose Mourinho this week as the club considers pulling the trigger with a managerial change, according to The Times.

The Gunners have struggled to make progress under Unai Emery and growing concerns over fractures in his relationships with senior players have led to contingency plans being put in place.

According to the newspaper, Mourinho and Sanllehi had dinner together, with the former Manchester United boss said to have impressed with his plans for their squad.

It is claimed Emery has just one or two games remaining to save his job as club bosses seriously consider a move ahead of the November international break.

Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at the Emirate by Wolves on Saturday, with pressure mounting on Emery.

Mourinho has been holding out for a return to the Premier League as he eyes his first job since being sacked at Old Trafford almost a year ago.

The former Real Madrid boss have also retained a home in north London.

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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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