Nigeria’s prestigious pre-season tournament for teams in the domestic leagues, Ogunjobi Gold Cup Pre-Season Tournament has charged the quartet of Shooting Stars (3SC), Niger Tornadoes, Remo Stars and Gombe United to clinch a promotion ticket.
Shooting Stars and former Ogunjobi Gold Cup champion Niger Tornadoes, the duo of Remo Stars and Gombe United plus other four teams El-Kanemi Warriors, DMD FC of Borno, Ekiti United and Insurance of Benin will be chasing the four available tickets for Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL) football next season.
Ogunjobi Gold Cup General Coordinator, Tunde Shamsudeen gave the charge after Remo Stars emerged top of the Southern Conference Group B2 ahead of Insurance.
“Over the years, the Ogunjobi Gold Cup has grown to become a brand in Nigeria’s domestic football, as it has given teams the needed platform to prepare for the new seasons.
“Shooting Stars, Niger Tornadoes, Remo Stars and Gombe United are teams that have used the platform to know the strength and weakness of their squads going into the season.
“So having come this far, it’s best the four teams cap their hard work by earning promotion from the NNL playoff.
“We believe they can, looking at their pedigree in the NNL season that ended. Though it’s going to be a different ball game in Enugu, which of course is a neutral ground for the eight (8) teams, irrespective of their good form in the season.
“However from what I saw in some of the home and away matches involving 3SC, Tornadoes, Remo Stars and Gombe United, I can place a bet on them to gain promotion to the NPFL, as the teams have a sound coaching crew and players that will surely deliver the goods.”
The week-long football fiesta will be staged at the 22,000 capacity Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu, Enugu State from Tuesday 7th through to Saturday 11th September.
Draw for the playoff will be conducted on Monday 6th September 2021 with the opening ceremony and first game holding the next day.