GTBank-Ogun State Principal’s Cup final holds August 2Written by LEDUM ALFRED
The MKO Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta will on Tuesday, 2nd August host the final of the GTBank-Ogun State Principal’s Cup. The much anticipated fixtures will light up the Rock City as thousands of football lovers and supporters from the Egba, Ijebu, Remo, and Yewa divisions of the State will troop to Kuto to witness the soccer spectacle.
The girls will kick off the day’s encounter as defending champions, Muslim High School, seek to retain their title as they take on Iganmode Grammar School, who are playing in their first final. Emerging from the Egba, and Yewa divisions respectively, both schools have 30 goals to their credit, and are expected to raise the tally in the final. The Iganmode girls have conceded the least number of goals in the competition so far, and will be looking to tighten their defence against the leading scorer of Muslim High School, Iyabo Ajani. Ajani had scored a hat trick in the 4-0 semi-final victory against Makun High School.
In the boys’ category, Alamuwa Grammar School will take on Methodist Comprehensive College. For both schools, this will their first appearance in the finals of the GTBank soccer fiesta.
The Methodist team goes into the game as favourites having knocked out last season’s winners, Pakoto High School, by 4 goals to 1 at the semi-final. The match is expected to be full of action and entertaining as both teams are relatively equal in strength, and play very aggressive attacking football.
Winners will be rewarded with the sum of N1,000,00.00, while the 1st , 2nd, 3rd runners-up will be given N750,000.00, N500,000.00 and N350,000,00 respectively, in both categories.
Commenting on the significance of the competition in Nigeria’s educational framework, the MD/CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, Mr. Segun Agbaje, believes “the competition paves the way for youths to cultivate their sporting talents, while fostering and building a healthier lifestyle at a critical stage in their lives”. He enjoined the students to imbibe the spirit of fair play, hard work, and discipline, which are the core values of GTBank.
Guaranty Trust Bank, a youth oriented brand, maintains the lead in providing support for education and sports. The bank said it is to enable young boys and girls explore their talents and reach for their dreams.
GTBank 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.
Alongside its sponsorship of the Ogun State Principal’s Cup, GTBank also sponsors the Lagos State Principal’s Cup and the Masters’ Cup tournament, respectively.