*As Crown FC of Ogbomosho pulls out
Former Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Champions, Kano Pillars Football Club will compete in the fifth edition of Gold Cup Pre-season tournament.
The Nigeria’s first and well organised pre-season tournament is set to begin on Wednesday 15th November through Friday 24th November, in Ilorin, Kwara State.
Following Crown FC of Ogbomosho withdrawal from the tournament, the organisers replaced the Ajilete Valiants with the former Gold Cup champion who are now automatic competitors in the 10-team, 10-day event billed to take place in Ilorin, at the Kwara Sports Complex and Kwara Football Academy.
Crown FC were reportedly withdrew from the tournament due to unwarranted circumstances and this opened the door for Sai Masu Gida to be reinstated into the biennial tournament restricted to teams playing in the three tier leagues in Nigeria.
“We have been consulting with all the teams we invited, but Crown FC won’t be participating due to unwarranted circumstances. We understand the teams’ position and make sure that in future tournaments we will give them the opportunity to participate.
“We were unable to resist Kano Pillars, when they showed interest again to be part of the modest Preseason tournament in the Country,” Tunde Shamsudeen, the General Coordinator of the tourney said.
Having replaced Crown FC, the Kano State outfit will play in Group A alongside defending champion Lobi Stars, Remo Stars, Kwara United and Rivers United.
Sunshine Stars, defunct Sharks FC of Port Harcourt, Kano Pillars and Lobi Stars of Makurdi won previous editions.
The Gold Cup pre-season tournament is sponsored by distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic, Dr. Buhari Abdul-Fatai (BAF), 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 and Rashidi Yekini Foundation.