*Remo, Rivers United, Crown also in the tourney
Defending champions, Lobi Stars Football Club of Makurdi, will lock horns against Nigeria Professional Football League newcomers, Kwara United FC of Ilorin, as the 5th edition of the Gold Cup Pre-Season tournament kicks-off on Wednesday 15th November, in Ilorin, Kwara State.
The game will be played at the main bowl of the Kwara Stadium as they are both drawn in the Group A pool, disclosed the General Coordinator of the most elaborate Pre-Season tourney, Tunde Shamsudeen.
“The fixture of the 10-day tourney has been drawn, as the trio of Remo Stars, Crown FC and debutants Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt completes the group which has been tagged ‘Group of Death’.
“Last year’s runner-up now CAF Champions League campaigners, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministires (MFM FC) leads Group B with Aiteo Cup runners-up, Niger Tornadoes FC of Minna, Katsina United, FC Ebedei and former NPFL giant-killers, ABS FC of Ilorin,” said Shamsudeen.
There will be other Group A matches as two known gladiators in the Gold Cup tourney, MFM FC and Tornadoes renew their rivalry when they draw swords at Kwara Football Academy practice pitch B.
It will be an emotional one for Coach Fatai Osho as he will be leading his Remo Stars against his former team, Crown FC at the practice pitch A of the KFA.
The 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, alongside foremost betting company, Bet9ja, Nigeria leading sportswear firm, ‘Cone’, Naija League Magazine, Tribeca Code, Phoenix ASC, Matchroom, Sportspro, Bovina View Hotel, Stadium Hotel and New-Bell Global Investment.