Foremost African Financial Institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc (GTBank), has announced the commencement of Season 9 of the GTBank Lagos State Principals’ Cup, the largest grassroots competition in Africa.
GTBank has been at the forefront of fostering community development and youth empowerment through the sponsorship of grassroots football tournaments. Over the past 8 years, the bank has sponsored the GTBank – Lagos State Principals Cup with the aim of identifying, nurturing and grooming young football talents in secondary school through sports and inculcating in them the values of excellence and fair play.
Season 8 of the Principals Cup produced an exhilarating encounter with over 360 teams competing to be the ultimate champions of the prestigious tournament. In the boys’ category, Ijaiye Housing Estate Senior Grammar School, Ojokoro defeated Ikotun Senior High School, Ikotun 2-0 in a passionately contested match to lift the highly coveted trophy. Isale Eko Grammar School, Lagos Island, took home the championship in the female category after beating Government Senior College, Agege 5-4 on penalties. The match had ended 0-0 at regulation time. This year, more than 370 secondary schools in Lagos State comprising of girls and boys will compete in the 2018 edition (Season 9) of the Principals Cup competition.
Commenting on the Lagos State Principals Cup, Segun Agbaje, the MD/CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said, “We are proud to lead this initiative that provides an avenue for students to showcase their talents and passion for the game of football even as they remain committed to their academics.” He further stated that “This competition paves the way for youths to cultivate their sporting talents and aptitudes while fostering and building a healthier lifestyle at a critical stage in their lives”.
Over the years, the GTBank Principals Cup has launched the professional careers of several talented players. In 2015, Yetunde Fajobi joined the Nigeria U17 Female Team – The Flamingos- having played in the 2014 edition, where she powered her school, Government Secondary School Agege to victory and emerged the most valuable player of the 2014 season. 2012 MVP Stephen Odey also starred the MFM FC in the Nigerian Professional League in 2016 where he was the club’s highest goalscorer, before moving abroad to join Swiss side, FC Zurich.
Guaranty Trust Bank is a leading African financial institution, and has an unflinching support for in-classroom and out-of-classroom sports educational programs, infrastructure development and students’ scholarships. Alongside the Lagos State Principals Cup, GTBank also sponsors the Ogun State Principals Cup, the Super Cup and the Masters Cup tournaments.