Niger Tornadoes FC of Minna says the 2017 Gold Cup in Ilorin, Kwara state is good preparation for the 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

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Its Technical Adviser, Abubakar Bala made this known during an interview in Minna on Sunday.

“The 2017 Gold Cup pre-season tournament that took place in Ilorin recently has given us the opportunity to correct our weak areas ahead of the 2017/2018 NPFL.”

Bala said that his side was still perfecting its acts, adding that there were few areas to be strengthened before the league commence in January 2018.

He said that the team was almost set and that all the areas would be fortified before the league kicks off.

“I have seen all the players we invited, but you know all of them cannot be signed at the same time.

“We are almost done with our players recruitment, we will only be forced to make more signings if we noticed that we are not getting the result we are looking for in certain areas,’’ he said.

The Technical Adviser said that he was satisfied with the defence and goalkeeping sides of the club.

He said that what the team needed now was to be converting the chances they create to goals in matches.

“We cannot continue to be wasteful in front of goal, we must convert the chances we create in matches and this was why we lost our game against Kano Pillars in the Gold Cup semi-finals,’’ he said.

He however said that the club would use the Shariff Rabi’u Inuwa tournament scheduled for Dec. 1 to Dec. 10 to perfect the team before the start of NPFL.

The Technical Adviser said that teams such as Kano Pillars, MFM Lagos, NPFL defending champions Plateau United would participate in the tournament.

Tornadoes has just signed eight new players for the 2017/2018 NPFL season.

Tornadoes finished 11th position in the 2016/2017 NPFL and emerged as runners-up in the just concluded AITEO Cup in Lagos.



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