The 2017 edition of the GTBank-Ogun State Principals Cup will reach its
climax on Thursday 21st September, 2017 in the famous MKO Abiola Stadium,
Kuto, Abeokuta. The highly anticipated finals will thrill football lovers
from across Ogun State and beyond as first-time finalists take on former
The curtain raiser for the day will be the finals in the female category
between 2 time winners, Muslim High School, Isolu and Iko Gateway Grammar
School, Idiroko. In the male category, Ipara Community Secondary School,
Ipara will hope to spring an upset as they take on title favorites, Pakoto
High School, Ayede-Ifo who won the trophy in 2015. The matches are bound
to produce historic moments for two of the four schools as both jostle to
win the trophy for the first time ever.
The GTBank – Ogun State Principals Cup has been won by 5 schools since its
inception. In the male category, Alamuwa Grammar School, Ado Odo won the
first and forth editions of the competition (2013, 2016) and are the only
male team to win twice so far – a feat Pakoto High School hope to repeat
when they file out on Thursday – while Remo Divisional High School, Sagamu
emerged winners in 2014. In the female category, Orile Ilegun
Comprehensive High School, Odeda clinched the title in 2013, Alamuwa
Grammar School, Ado Odo 2014, while this year’s finalist, Muslim High
School, Isolu took home the title in 2015 and 2016.
Outstanding players to watch out for in the male category of this year’s
final include Olalekan Toheeb of Pakoto High School who is the leading
scorer of the tournament with 3 goals, and Sodiya Olaoluwa of Ipara
Community Secondary School who won the most valuable player award in the
semifinals. In the female category, all eyes will be on Adeyanju Hanna of
Iko gateway Grammar School who scored the lone goal that earned her team a
place in the final, and Kayode Tolulope of Muslim High School whose
midfield prowess helped her team get to this stage of the competition.
Winners in both categories will be rewarded with the sum of N1,000,000
each, while the 1st ,2nd, 3rd runners-up will be given N750,000, N500,000,
and N350,000 respectively.
Commenting on the Finals the 2017 GTBank – Ogun 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”.
Guaranty Trust Bank plc is a foremost Nigerian financial institution that
has maintained a defined Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy
since its inception in 1990. The Bank actively supports in-classroom and
out-of-classroom educational programmes, infrastructure development,
students’ scholarship and teachers training across Africa.
Alongside the Ogun State Principals Cup, GTBank also sponsors the Lagos
State Principals Cup, and the Masters Cup tournaments.