*To be decided in Ilorin Friday evening
This year’s Gold Cup pre-season tournament final is set as expected as arrangements have been concluded ahead of what would be the most exciting pre-season tourney in Nigeria.
Gold Cup final will be decided on Friday evening at the Kwara State Stadium, Ilorin with Lobi Stars Football Club battling the winner of the second semi-final match between Kano Pillars and Niger Tornadoes.
Distinguished Senator Dr. Buhari Abdul-Fatai (BAF), together with prominent football administrators, coaches, club owners and top journalist will grace the finals among who are NFF Executive Member/NFF technical committee chairman Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, former NFF Secretary General Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, Chairman Kwara Football Association, Busari Ishola, Barrister Churchill Oliseh, Mike Idoko and General Manager of ABS FC Alloy Chukwuemeka.
Others include former chairman Crown FC Alhaji Noah Bello, Phoenix ASC boss Bayo Olanlege, former NPL board member Alhaji Abdulrasaq Owolabi Agbaji Wopa, Barrister Jubril Oladimeji of Rashidi Yekini Foundation, among others.
However, the Organising Committee of the tournament, has offered assurances of a memorable experience to the finalists, fans and top football administrators that will be in Ilorin for the finals of the fifth edition of the tournament.
General Coordinator of the tourney, Tunde Shamsudeen, said all the teams that participated benefited from the tournament as it offer the teams an opportunity to have a first hand assessment of their players prior to the new football season.
The winner will go home with a giant trophy, cash reward, and medals, while the runner-up will get cash reward and medals.
Gold Cup Pre-season Tournament is sponsored by distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic, Dr. Buhari Abdul-Fatai (BAF), and proudly supported by Nigeria Football Federation Executive Committee Member, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, foremost betting company, Bet9ja, Nigeria leading sportswear firm, ‘Cone’, Naija League Magazine, Tribeca Code, Phoenix ASC, Matchroom, Sportspro, Select Sports, Bovina View Hotel, Stadium Hotel, New-Bell Global Investment, 11th Media Global Concept, Phreestyle Sports, Rashidi Yekini Foundation and Gidado Football Academy.