Gold Cup: Pillars, MFM FC tie ends in 6-goal thriller

It was a six goal thriller on Sunday at the pre-season Gold Cup as defending champions, Kano Pillars FC defeated MFM FC 4-2.

The Sai Masu Gida team who drew their first game against FC Ebedei took the game to their Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) foe and scored their first goal by Adamu Mohammed following a good build-up.

The Kadiri Ikhana team then doubled their lead after MFM FC goalkeeper gifted Pillars their second goal after he mistimed a cross thus leave Pillars ace, Kamalu Al-Hassan to tucked the ball into an open net.

The Olukoya Boys came back strong in the game as they won a penalty and was scored by Austin Ogunye to make it 2-1.

Ex-Supreme Court winger, Mubarak increased Pillars goals after he shot a low drive into the left corner of MFM FC net to make the score line 3-1.

As the clock thicker away, MFM FC were awarded another penalty following a hand ball in the box by a Pillars defender.

Ogunye then converted the spot kick to make 4-2 for his side.

Speaking after the game, coach Kabiru Baleria thanked his Kano Pillars players for playing to the pattern of their new Technical Adviser, coach Kadiri Ikhana.

"Not taking anything away from MFM FC, they are a good side. They did give us a better fight.

"We played them in the league last season and they showed to us what they are made of.

"For Pillars, it's still a rebuilding process, and am delighted that both old and new players are beginning to play as a unit.

"We are defending champions of the Gold Cup pre-season tourney and we are here to retain the Cup."

Pillars now lead Group A with 4points and a plus two goals difference of FC Ebedei who are also on 4points followed by MFM FC 3points, Niger Tornadoes 1point and Sunshine Stars 1point.                                                                                     

Enyimba/ Remo Stars game abandoned

Meanwhile, the game between Enyimba International and Remo Stars FC was abandoned after the former League champions walked off the pitch.

Scores stood at 2-2 when the Enyimba technical bench instructed the players to go off pitch in protest of a 70th penalty awarded against them.

Assara Emmanuel put the People's Elephant ahead in the 5th minute after capitalizing on defensive blunder which rendered Remo Stars safe hand Chizoba Ndukwe helpless.

Remo Stars wing back, Abiodun Rasheed drew level for the Sky Blue side in the 44th minute to end the first half 1-1.

Opeyemi Olufemi, nodded in Abiodun Rasheed right side corner in the 49th minute before substitute Stephen Chukwude equalized for Enyimba in the 62nd minute.

Penalty was awarded to Remo Stars in the 70th minute after an indecent tackle on goal bound Abiodun Rasheed which was contested by Enyimba players.

Referee Saheed Babayanju from Ondo State was left with no choice but to call a halt to proceedings after the former league champions failed to return to the pitch.

However, the Disciplinary Committee of the tournament sat few minutes after the match and awarded the match to Remo Stars.

Tunde Shamsudeen the General Coordinator of the tourney while speaking with Gold Cup Media stated that the rules makes it an offence for a club to refuse to continue playing a match.
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