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Monday, 29 June 2015

St Gregory, The Queens Snatch GTBank Masters Cup Season 4

The GTBank Masters Cup Season ended in a grand style as St Gregory Obalende distraught St Finbarrs Akoka Yaba in an enthralling 3-1-football match. It was an epic finals between two eternal rivals at Onikan Stadium while on the female side, Queens College Yaba showed Ansar UD-Deen, Itire why they are called “The Queens”.

What a Friday to remember for youth football at Onikan Stadium when St Gregory gave a night mare to St Finbarrs Boys and Alumni to win the glorious cup and the Queens came from behind three times to stun Ansar-UD-Deen girls to retain her title.

The encounter which attracted capacity crowd that included some old boys of both colleges was the climax of a month-long GTBank sponsored Masters Cup tournament, organised by the Lagos First Generation Heritage Colleges Association.

The Season 4 of the prestigious football tournament commenced in November 2014 with 20 Male teams and 10 female teams from participating schools, Queens college and St Gregory showed they are force to reckon with in building tomorrows leader through football.

The atmosphere was electric when the girls – Queens College, Yaba and Ansar Ud Deen Girls High School, itire – filed out to play. Ansar UD-Deen, Itire was the only school to have played in three consecutive finals. This is the second time both sides will be playing at the GTBank Masters Cup Finals and both teams were ready for the face off. But Ansar Ud Deen Girls drew the first blood 14 minutes into the game when Durojola Zainab pounced on rebound that Adefunke Adeleke of Queens College replied immediately too.


Moments later, Ansar Ud Deen Girls Captain - Fatima Oyebanji gave the Ansar Ud Deen Girls the lead again. However, Ebere Ugohagbulam proved that the game is not over yet as She equalized minutes before the first half break and it was level at half time.

It all looked like it will end in penalties just like last year but Ebere struck again minutes before the full time whistle and that snatched the trophy from Ansar Ud Deen Girls High School for the second consecutive time. The game ended 3-2 in favour of Queens College who are the first female team to successfully defend the GTBank Masters Cup title.

Speaking at the event, the queens captain Inneji Chinasa Devo, an SS2 science student said “ I’m very happy to have helped my school lift the trophy this year. Am grateful to God, GTBank, for helping me showcase my talent and most especially my brothers who helped me developed my football career at early as 3 years old. My football career started when I was called upon as early as  JSS 1 to play for the school team. Initially my parents were not in supportive because they felt am a lady but when they saw the zeal and passion, they let go of me. As a science student, I was able to balance up because I knew I needed my academics to survive in life. The young also said “I would love to develop my football career so as to be like Shola Adiza who plays for Falconet She advised others like her to remain focus and stick to their dreams for better result.

St. Gregory’s dominated through the second half as St. Finbarr’s College tried to break through their ranks all to no avail. Obi David finally sealed it for St Gregory’s College when his superb effort ended up in the back of the net to make it 3-1 at full time. St. Gregory’s College, Ikoyi are GTBank Masters Cup Champions for the first time.

The Gtbank MD stated "putting our youths in a position to win and excel does not start on the playing field. It begins in the mind, then the classroom before the final stage of the playing field. In the new global competitive landscape, winning requires discipline, focus, creativity and a sound mind. Education must be an integral part of the whole developmental process. That is why, Gtbank is committing a greater amount of time, resources and high level personnel to youth soccer as well as education, especially at the youth and secondary school level."

The foremost bank gave out prizes to winners and runner-ups as promised, ranging from N750,000.00, N500,000.00 and N350,000.00 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners respectively in both the male and female categories. On the male category, 1st – St. Gregory’s College, Ikoyi, 2nd – St. Finbarr’s College, Akoka and 3rd – Western College, Yaba while on female category 1st – Queens College, Yaba, 2nd – Ansar Ud Deen Girls High School, Itire and 3rd – Ansar Ud Deen College, Isolo

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

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