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GTBank has announced that its Principals Cup competition currently held in Nigeria is set to be inaugurated in five other African Countries where the bank has subsidiaries: Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia. According to the bank, “The competition is an annual football competition targeted at secondary school students. It evolved out of the need to identify and develop grassroots football talents in secondary schools and also to foster camaraderie among them. “The competition started in Lagos State, Nigeria in 2009 and was soon extended to Ogun State, Nigeria in 2012 after the huge success recorded in its Lagos edition. “The GTBank African Principals Cup competition will be organized in partnership with the ministries of education and sports in the participating countries. It will involve a total of 1,957 secondary schools in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Gambia. “This competition will avail the players quality football training and development opportunities via interactive sessions with renowned football players and coaches. At the end of the tournament, prizes will be presented to the winners in the male and female categories. Guaranty Trust Bank will also provide the sporting equipment such as balls, goal post nets and corner flags throughout the duration of the competition. GTBank’s Head of Communication and External Affairs, Lola Odedina, said, “The Principals cup competition goes beyond football, it is a veritable platform to mentor youths and encourage them to pursue their dreams with the spirit of discipline and fair play.” “It has helped students to stay in school and bring back the ones that have dropped out of school. The interaction of the students has also helped them in gaining confidence in and outside of the classroom, hence the extension of the GTBank Principals cup competition to five other African countries.”  

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This article was first published on 7th November 2013

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