Gold Cup: Kano Pillars, Remo Stars in semi finals

Kano Pillars and Remo Stars have made it into the semifinals of the Gold Cup Pre-Season Tournament.

Pillars who are Gold Cup tourney defending champion defeated Niger Tornadoes Football Club 1-0 to secure a semi-final spot.

A resilient team effort was required from Kano Pillars to overcome enterprising Tornadoes who gained better ball possession but were shy in front of goal.

Adamu Muhammed’s 31st minute strike ensured the Sai Masu Gida side advanced to the semifinal to cap a remarkable run.

Pillars recorded 8 points from four games, while FC Ebedei garnered 7 points from same number of games.

MFM have 6 points from three matches with a decisive game at hand against Tornadoes to be played on Wednesday evening.

Meanwhile, newly promoted Remo Stars also qualified for the semifinals after defeating non-league side, FC Yobo 3-2 in the final round of Group B match.

The Sky Blue Stars started like a house on fire and it paid off in the 2nd minute after Ekene Awazie scored from a nice build up.

Ekene doubled the lead with a beautiful finish just after 15 minutes into the game before Chukuma Emmanuel pull one back for FC Yobo in the 37th minute of the game.

Yobo FC started the second half brilliantly but couldn't make it count early enough to level up against the NPFL newcomers.

In the 52nd minute of the game, Francis Nwako rounded the FC Robo goalkeeper to shoot into the net to make the scoreline 3-1.

FC Yobo missed couple of chances before Bright Ogbonna scored with a sublime freekick to end the game on an interesting note.



Remo Stars garnered 8 points from four matches and will be up against an unconfirmed opponent from group A on Thursday evening.
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