The
organizers of the annual Gold Cup Pre-Season Tournament have invited teams from
Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Nigeria National League (NNL) and
Nationwide League One (NLO) for the fourth edition of the prestigious football
event which is billed to take place later this month.
Former
NPFL champion, Kano Pillars emerged winners of the last edition after beating
Supreme Court Football Club of Abuja 2-1 in the finals.
According
to the General Coordinator of the tournament, Tunde Shamsudeen, the fourth
edition promises to be bigger and more competitive with invitation extended to
NPFL champion, Rangers International Football Club of Enugu.
The
invited teams for the prestigious pre-season tournament are defending
champions, Kano Pillars, Lobi Stars, Remo Stars, MFM FC, Crown FC, Enugu
Rangers FC, Prime FC, Niger Tornadoes FC, FC Ebedei, and ABS FC.
Shamsudeen
revealed the plans, strategy and prizes to be won at the end of the competition
in an interview session with the media team of the pre-season event.
“We’ve
sent invitation letters to clubs, and we’re doing everything to ensure we make
the tournament more glamorous with a cash prize for the winner, a giant trophy,
and Gold and Silver medals. We’re talking to a philanthropist on sponsorship,
the last edition was a huge success for us and all the participated teams.”
“The
media coverage and the support from the media was massive hence, we like to
appreciate everyone who supported the project as we look forward to another
remarkable pre-season event.”
He
noted that the teams are expected to play 4 group matches with the first two
teams with highest number of points qualifying for the semi-finals.

“The
tournament will be of high level and is basically to ignite the spirit of the
game and to also help the teams test their players before the league season
proper,” Shamsudeen said.

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