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Season 4: GTBank Masters Cup go to St Gregory, The Queens




The students of St. Gregory and The Queens at the weekend, carted away the top trophies both in the male and female teams at the just concluded GTBank Masters Cup Season 4, reports ITRealms.

The GTBank Masters Cup Season, ITRealms reports, ended with St Gregory Obalende defeating St Finbarrs Akoka Yaba in 3-1-football match, just as Onikan Stadium was agog as Queens College Yaba showed Ansar UD-Deen, Itire why they are called ‘The Queens’ with 3-2.

Also ITRealms reports the encounter attracted capacity crowd including 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.

ITRealms recalls that the Season 4 commenced in November 2014 with 20 Male teams and 10 female teams from participating schools, Queens College and St Gregory showed they are forces to reckon with in building tomorrows leader through football.

For The Queens, 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.

For The Queens captain, Inneji Chinasa Devo, a Senior Secondary-2 (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 as 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. 

Some of the dignitaries at the occasion, ranging from the Managing Direcor, GTBank Mr Segun Agbaje, Mr Demola Adeyemi- Executive Director GTBank, Mrs Lola Odedina; General Manager Communications and External Affairs Group-GTBank and Oyinade Adegbite- Senior Manager Communications and External Affairs Group, GTBank, Alumni of the schools like Rev. Ayeni- Administrator of St Gregory College, Justice Bode Rhodas –Justice of the supreme court of Nigeria and St Gregory’s college old boys, Bashorun Anthony (DC)- President St Finbarrs College old Boys Association, Mrs Nkoli Ogbolu- Secretary Queens College old Girls Association, Mr Ayo Adewale- Former Chairman Amuwo Odofin Local Government and St Gregory’s Old Boys Association among others.

Equally on ground to cheer up the players was Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi- Chairman, Lagos State Football Association and 1st Vice President Of The Nigerian Football Federation, Mr Paul Bassey- Veteran Sports Journalist, Mrs Babs Akinyeye- Director, Coordinator services Ministry of Education, Lagos State and Otunba Oladele Olapeju- Chairman, Lagos First Generation Colleges Association (LAFGHCA).

The GTBank Masters Cup as well as the Principals Cup tournaments in Lagos and Ogun states are some of the projects the bank has taken up as part of its defined Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).


Chuks Egbuna/GEE

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Pix (1): The captain St Gregory jubilating with his team after receiving GTBANK trophy for Season 4; (pix 2) The Queens captain Chinasa Devo receiving GTBANK trophy for Season 4

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