Ikotun Senior High School of Ikotun defeated Oriwu Senior Model College of Ikorodu by three goals to one to win the female category of the coveted GTBank Lagos Principals Cup on Wednesday May 20 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere and the captain of the team Anuoluwapo Salisu won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. In the male category, Birrel Avenue Senior High School of Sabo in Yaba defeated Keke High School of Ijaiye by penalty kicks to win the trophy and Birrel’s goalkeeper also won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.
The Principals Cup champions also won one million naira (N1,000,000) each while the 1st, 2nd, 3rd runners up won N750,000, N500,000 and N250,000.
The Principals Cup is a football competition amongst secondary schools, aimed at fostering camaraderie and identifying local football talent at grass-root level.
For Guaranty Trust Bank, the value of sports as an aid to personal development cannot be over emphasized, hence this public-private partnership with the Lagos State Government in 2009 to revamp ‘The Principals Cup’, a state-sponsored football competition amongst public secondary schools, which fosters team work and identifies local football talent at the grassroots level.
In line with this sports loving organization’s vision of raising role models for the society as well as using sports as a tool to provoke academic excellence in secondary school, the Principals Cup has thus provided the platform to create football stars who will become Nigeria’s ambassadors to the international community and participate in the discovery, career development and economic empowerment of local football talents.
The phenomenon known as football has proven to be a tool used to foster camaraderie amongst youth, the Principals Cup no doubt has continued to identify local football talent at grass-root levels as well as promote healthy rivalry.
The Principals Cup is an annual football Competition which begins at the start of a new academic session in secondary schools and ends mid June of every year. This competition has been instrumental in bringing back otherwise drop-outs back to school and has now extended from Lagos where it started in 2009, to Ogun and Rivers States.
The Lagos State competition, called the GTBank-Lagos State Principals Cup is run with the Lagos State Ministry of Youth & Sports and the Ministry of Education. The Competition is now in its 4th Season with over 400 State owned schools participating.
The GTBank-Ogun State Principals Cup started in 2012. It is also run together with the State Ministry of Youth, Sports & Social Development and the Ministry of Education.
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