The GTBank Masters Cup Season 4 ended in a grand style as St. Gregory College Obalende and St Finbarrs College Akoka Yaba reenacted the memories of the classic college football that was once dominated by the Missionary schools in the 1970s and 1980s.
The match dubbed the ‘El Catholico’ – a sassy reference to their Catholic Church heritage and coined after the tough Spanish pairing of FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid (El Classico) – produced an enthralling end, with St. Gregs running away with a 3-1 victory. It was an epic finals between two eternal rivals at Onikan Stadium.
It was day to remember for youth football at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos, as the first 10 minutes of the game produced an intense match but the deadlock was broken through St. Finbarrs’ Ayoka Kingsley, whose shot found the back of the net. The Gregorians were not fazed and they got the much needed equalizer in the 23rd minutes and also scored 4 minutes later to lead at half time.
St. Gregory’s dominated through the second half as St. Finbarr’s College tried to break through their ranks all to no avail. Obi David finally sealed it for St Gregory’s College when a superb effort to make it 3-1 at full time. St. Gregory’s College is GTBank Masters Cup 4 Champions for the first time. The tournament sponsored by GTBank is organised by the Lagos First Generation Heritage Colleges Association also known as the Missionary Schools.
The Gtbank MD stated “putting our youths in a position to win and excel does not start on the playing field. It begins in the mind, then the classroom before the final stage of the playing field. In the new global competitive landscape, winning requires discipline, focus, creativity and a sound mind. Education must be an integral part of the whole developmental process. That is why, Gtbank is committing a greater amount of time, resources and high level personnel to youth soccer as well as education, especially at the youth and secondary school level.”