Katsina United Football Club’s under-15 team on Tuesday defeated their Gombe United FC counterparts 3-1 in one of the matches at the ongoing NPFL/La Liga U15 Promises Tournament in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the tournament which kicked off on Monday at four centres will end on Friday.
The Abuja National Stadium is one of the centres, as Group A with ABS FC of Ilorin, Kano Pillars, Lobi Stars of Makurdi, Gombe United FC and Katsina United.
Wikki Tourists have not shown up however, owing to what one official termed “logistics reasons’’.
In Tuesday’s match, played at the FIFA Goal Project’s astro-turf pitch and between Gombe United and Katsina United, both teams fought hard but failed to utilise their scoring chances.
On resumption of the game’s second half, James Sunday opened scoring after five minutes to put Gombe United in the lead.
Jamilu Rabiu drew Katsina United level in the 53rd minute, while Abdulrasheed Shehu gave them the lead three minutes later.
Umaru Dahiru extended their lead in the 60th minute to put the game beyond the Gombe United side.
Speaking after the match, Hassan Adama, the Head Coach of Katsina United, said he was happy that his team won their second game.
“My players performed according to instructions and I’m happy about the outcome of the match.
“Tomorrow (Wednesday), we will play against Lobi Stars and we will fight to win the game,’’ he said.
On his part, the coach of Gombe United, Sule Garba, said his players did not perform to his expectations.
“My players lost concentration and they did not play to instructions. But we will work hard to win our remaining games before Friday,’’ he said.
In the day’s second match at the centre, Kano Pillars walked over Wikki Tourists, while Lobi Stars held ABS FC of Ilorin to a 1-1 draw in the day’s third match.
Matches in the competition are played over 70 minutes, 35 minutes for each half.
Twenty teams are participating in the five-day zonal qualifiers holding at Abuja, Benin, Kaduna and Enugu, with two teams qualifying from each centre for the grand finale in Lagos.
The competition is part of plans by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Spanish La Liga to develop football at the grass roots in Nigeria. (NAN)