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GTBank Masters Cup Season 9: Eko Boys High School, Lead Forte Garden Crowned Champions

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GTBank Masters Cup Season 9: Eko Boys High School, Lead Forte Garden Crowned Champions Eko Boys High School

AJAGBE ADEYEMI TESLIM

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Fifteen months after the COVID-19 pandemic put a pause to one of Nigeria’s illustrious grassroots football competitions, the GTBank Masters Cup returned on Thursday, June 17 to decide the winners of the 9th season. The final and third-place matches for the male and female category were played on June 17 and 18 at the Campos Stadium, Lagos Island. 

In the male category, the GTBank Masters Cup final lived up to its billing as Eko Boys showed grit to edge out Anwar Ul Islam in a match that ended 2-0. The victory was a testimony to resilience as Eko Boys had tried for many years to win the coveted trophy. In the third-place game, Kings College were winners in a 3-0 walkover in the absence of Greensprings College, Lekki. 

In the female category, the highlight of the day was the third-place match that ended in a 5-1 victory for Queens College, Yaba over Ansar Ur Deen College, Itire. In the finals, Greensprings College, Lekki, lost 3-0 to the defending champions, Lead Forte Garden College.  

Commenting on the resumption of the GTBank Masters Cup, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Segun Agbaje, said; “Sports has an immense capacity to shape young minds, and after the unprecedented disruptions of the previous year, we are delighted that young people can get back on the pitch to imbibe the values of excellence, teamwork and fairplay. At GTBank, we will continue to champion programmes that bring the values of sports to school compounds and give young people the platform to hone their talents and build character whilst staying focused on their academics.” 

Thursday, June 17 – Third-place results 

Male  Kings College Lagos 3  vs  Greensprings College, Lekki 0 
Female  Ansar Ur Deen College, Itire 1  vs  Queens College, Yaba 5 

 

Friday, June 18 – Final results 

Male  Eko Boys High School, Mushin 2  vs  Anwar Ul Islam Model College 0 
Female  Greensprings college, Lekki 0  vs  Lead Forte Garden, Lekki 3  

Founded in 2012, The GTBank Masters Cup is an annual football tournament for secondary schools. The tournament is renowned for discovering the best young football talent in the country, with many past and present players now on trials and scholarships with football clubs and academies in Nigeria and abroad.

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England’s 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died aged 81

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Regarded as one of the game’s greatest in his position, Banks was named Fifa goalkeeper of the year six times and earned 73 caps for England.

He is perhaps best known for his wonder save from Pele during the 1970 World Cup against Brazil. Born in Sheffield, he won the League Cup with Stoke and Leicester, before retiring in 1973.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight,” his family said.”We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.”

Sir Bobby Charlton, who was part of the team alongside Banks that won the World Cup in 1966, said: “Gordon was a fantastic goalkeeper, without doubt one of the best England has ever had.

“I was proud to call him a team-mate. Obviously we shared that great day in 1966 but it was more than that. “Even though I was on the pitch and have seen it many times since, I still don’t know how he saved that header from Pele.”

Banks is the fourth player of the England team that started the 1966 World Cup final to have died, after Bobby Moore, Ray Wilson and Alan Ball. Another of that XI, Sir Geoff Hurst, tweeted: “One of the very greatest. Thinking especially of Ursula, Julia, Wendy and Robert. Sad for football, Stoke City and England fans.”

Stoke chairman Peter Coates said Banks, who made 250 appearances for the club, had been “poorly for a number of weeks”. He told Radio 5 live: “He made his home in Stoke, and was very much part of the fabric of the club. You don’t get too many like him, and he was immensely modest for all his talent.

“He was England’s greatest goalkeeper when they had their finest hour.” England and Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling was among the first to pay tribute, tweeting: “Of course there was that save, but it’s so much more we are mourning today. RIP Gordon Banks. England legend, your legacy will live on.”

Former England striker Gary Lineker said: “An absolute hero of mine, and countless others, England’s World Cup winner was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man.” Ex-England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, who replaced Banks at Leicester, tweeted: “I’m devastated – today I’ve lost my hero.”

“A world Cup winner, a legend.  RIP Gordon Banks,” tweeted Leicester and England defender Harry Maguire, while Watford keeper Ben Foster said: “Had the pleasure of meeting you as an 18-year old-with my Dad, and him being completely star struck by you. Total gent. You will always be a member of the Goallys Union.”

 

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Ogunjobi’s Death Irreparable Loss, – NRA President

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President of the Nigeria Referees Association, Tade Azeez, has  described the death of Taiwo Ogunjobi, a former Nigeria Football Federation General Secretary, as an irreparable loss.

Azeez said  in Ilorin that news of Ogunjobi’s demise was a sad and unfortunate piece of news item to wake up to.

He added  that Ogunjobi, a former central defender for both the defunct IICC Shooting Stars FC of Ibadan and the then Green Eagles, passed on in the early hours of Monday.

The NRA president said Ogunjobi’s death, which occurred at the University College Hospital in Ibadan, was shocking to the football family.

He said  that no one would have thought the ex-international would not be around for many years to come.

“It is an unfortunate thing that we woke up to the news of his death, because he was a person we thought would be around for about 20 to 30 years more.

“So, hearing about his demise is a shock to us all in the Nigerian football family.

“He has been in the football circle for a long time because he started as early as possible and he died as a football person,” Azeez said.

The NRA president described Ogunjobi, who went on to manage the Shooting Stars when it later became Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) as Sole Administrator, as a jovial and humorous person.

“He tried to make everyone around him happy,’’ he said.

Ogunjobi who was at a time member of the NFF Executive Committee was until his death Chairman of the Osun State Football Association. He added.

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Former NFF Secretary-General Ogunjobi Is Dead

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Former Secretary-General of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Taiwo Ogunjobi is dead.

Until his death, Ogunjobi was the Chairman of Osun State Football Association.

He also served as Special Assistant to immediate past Osun Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

 

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