The semi-finals of the GTBank Master’s Cup, Season 5, kicks off Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos with 8 first generation and missionary secondary schools in Lagos state competing for the highly coveted cup in both the male and female categories.
The prestigious secondary school football tournament is an annual football competition geared towards the development of grassroots football, the discovery of young football talents and fostering camaraderie amongst secondary school students. It also provides a platform for identifying, nurturing, grooming young and talented players as well as helping students actualize their dream of becoming professional footballers.
This season has already produced an exciting display of football skill and talent, and the semi-finals promises to raise that excitement with eye catching match ups in the male and female categories. The semi-finals will take place on Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20, with defending champions and three-time winners, Queens College, Yaba who breezed through the group stage of the competition without losing any match, squaring up against now face perennial rivals Ansar-Ud-Deen Girls High School, Itire who will be hoping to avenge their loss in the 2015 GTBank Masters Cup Final. On the same day, the defending champions of the male category, St. Gregory’s College, will go up against high-flying debutants Chrisland Schools who will be looking to take their fairytale run all the way to the final.
The day two of the competition will feature what has been tagged the Yaba Derby with Federal Science & Technical College, Yaba making their first appearance in the semi-finals against a Methodist Girls High School hoping to be third time lucky in this stage of the competition. Both teams recorded emphatic wins in the quarter finals to set-up what promises to be an exciting encounter. In the male category, two-time finalist, King’s College, Lagos have a date with destiny as they take on Greensprings School the highest scoring team this season with 15 goals. Greensprings School are making their first appearance in this competition and have taken everyone by surprise with their ruthlessness in front of goal coupled with their disciplined and highly technical organized playing style which has been a marvel to watch.
Commenting on the tournament, Segun Agbaje, Managing Director, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, stated that “over the years this tournament has helped participating students work towards actualizing their dream of becoming professional footballers and some of them are already making a career out of football. It has also helped them grow in personal confidence and become better team players”. “GTBank will continue to invest massively in youth development through education and sports”, he added.
Guaranty Trust Bank plc is one of the few Nigerian financial institutions that have maintained a defined Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy since its inception in 1990. The Bank actively supports in-classroom and out-of-classroom.
For more information on the football competition, visit www.gtbank.com/football