Queens College Yaba showed the Ansar Ud Deen Girls High School, Itire why beyond academics, they are also the Queens of female football within the secondary schools space.
The encounter which attracted capacity crowd at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos was the climax of a month-long GTBank sponsored Masters Cup tournament, organised by the Lagos First Generation Heritage Colleges Association or otherwise known as the missionary schools.
The Season 4 of the prestigious football tournament commenced in November 2014 with 20 Male teams and 10 female teams from participating schools. Queens college showed they are force to reckon with in building tomorrows leader through football.
The atmosphere was electric as the girls – Queens College, Yaba and Ansar Ud Deen Girls High School, itire – filed out to play. Ansar UD-Deen, Itire was the only school to have played in three consecutive finals. This is the second time both sides will be playing at the GTBank Masters Cup Finals and both teams were ready for the face off. But Ansar Ud Deen Girls drew the first blood 14 minutes into the game when Durojola Zainab pounced on rebound that Adefunke Adeleke of Queens College replied immediately too.
Moments later, Ansar Ud Deen Girls Captain – Fatima Oyebanji gave the Ansar Ud Deen Girls the lead again. However, Ebere Ugohagbulam proved that the game is not over yet as she equalized minutes before the first half break and it was level at half time.
It all looked like it will end in penalties just like last year but Ebere struck again minutes before the full time whistle and that snatched the trophy from Ansar Ud Deen Girls High School for the second consecutive time. The game ended 3-2 in favour of Queens College who are the first female team to successfully defend the GTBank Masters Cup title.
Speaking at the event, the queens captain Inneji Chinasa Devo, an SS2 science student said “ I’m very happy to have helped my school lift the trophy this year. Am grateful to God, GTBank, for helping me showcase my talent and most especially my brothers who helped me developed my football career at early as 3 years old. My football career started when I was called upon as early as JSS 1 to play for the school team. Initially my parents were not supportive because they felt am a lady but when they saw the zeal and passion, they let go of me. As a science student, I was able to balance up because I knew I needed my academics to survive in life. The young also said “I would love to develop my football career so as to be like Shola Adiza who plays for Falconet. She advised others like her to remain focus and stick to their dreams for better result.