The preliminaries of the 2018 GTBank-Lagos Principals Cup Season 9 competition will kick off onÂ June 6Â in four different venues- Dairy Farm Senior Secondary School, Agege, Kingâ€™s College, Lagos Island, St Finbarrâ€™s College, Akoka and Ansar-Ud-Deen College, Isolo. The winners and runners up from each group will progress to the quarter final stage of the competition.
This much was revealed at the draws held at the corporate head office of Guaranty Trust BankÂ on Thursday.
According to the draws, last yearâ€™s winner, Ijaiye Housing Estate Senior Grammar School, Ijaiye, was drawn in Group B alongside Egan Senior Grammar School, Alimosho, Estate Senior Grammar School, Mushin and Ilado Community High School, Ikoyi.
The season began onÂ April 17, with zonal preliminaries which featured 594 teams from 335 schools in the male and female categories.
The competition is open to schools from the six educational districts in Lagos State. A total of 586 matches were played during the zonal preliminaries with 1,448 goals scored. Thirty Two of these teams â€“ 16 each from the two categories qualified to take part inÂ Thursdayâ€™sÂ draws.
Over the years, the GTBank-Lagos State Principals Cup has propelled the professional careers of several talented and now renowned players like Stephen Odey â€“ who recently won the Swiss Cup with FC Zurich.
Odey captained his alma mata Dairy Farm Senior Secondary School, Agege to victory in the 2012 edition of the competition, Esther Adeboye, one of the Most Valuable Players in the 2014 competition from State High School, Alimosho was part of the National Female U-17 Team, The Flamingoes which represented Nigeria at the FIFA U-17 Womenâ€™s World Cup.
13 Year-Old Dazzles at Lagos Schools Swimming Tourney
Thirteen-year-old Naomi Oke was cynosure of all eyes at the final day of Lagos State Government’s Open Swimming Championship for secondary schools at the swimming pool of the National Stadium, Surulere, LagosÂ on Sunday.
Oke, a SSS 1 student of Avital College, Aguda, Surulere, Lagos, carted home nine gold medals in the three-day event facilitated by the Lagos State Sports Commission and organised by the Lagos State Swimming Association.
Oke said her ambition was to do Lagos proud in national championships and represent Nigeria in the Olympic Games someday. Her golden performance was recorded in events such as freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke, 50m, 100m and 200m events.
It was no surprise, however, as Oke was adjudged the best swimmer in the senior secondary school (Girls) category by aÂ panel of technical officers of the competition.
“I’m so glad competing in this championship because it afforded me to test strength among other swimmers and more importantly, I made new friends, ” Oke said
Other winners included Simeone Ore of Ipakodo Grammar School, Ikorodu, who won the junior secondary school girls category. With five gold, three silver and one bronze medal;Â Mogbojuri Adedoyin of Ajegunle Senior High School, Ajegunle, Ikorodu, won the senior secondary school boys category, while Chibubem Obata of St. Judes Private School, FESTAC, Lagos won the junior secondary school boys category.
Meanwhile, a member of the governing board of Lagos State Sports Commission, Alhaji Tijani Abdulazeez Adebayo, commended Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for his support and promised to continue supporting yearly organisation of the championship. He said Lagos’ investment in the grassroots and school sports events had been paying off with the discovery of the likes of Oke.
A board member of the commission, Mr. Babatunde Fatayi-Williams,Â who is also the technical director of the commission noted that Nigeria as a country had lost its glory when it neglected school sports. He however, commended the visionary steps being taken by the Lagos State Government to put its resources in developing sports through schools. “You can see several competitions across sports focusing on schools in Lagos. This is a conscious effort of our amiable Governor to give sports a new direction and Performance driven in the state. We are taking school sports in the front burner in Lagos and the results are these young athletes we are discovering, ” Fatayi-Williams said.
No fewer than 152 athletes from 32 schools in public and private secondary schools took part in the championship. Prizes were given to all first, second and third place winners and certificates of participation to all swimmers.