Coach Kabir Dogo is optimistic that Sunshine Stars will beat Niger Tornadoes in the Ogunjobi Gold Cup Tourney final. But his opposite number, Abubakar Bala says his Niger Tornadoes squad has all it takes to win the Ogunjobi Gold Cup on Saturday as Sunshine Stars don’t scare his team.
The 7th edition of the nation’s prestigious pre-season tourney comes to its climax (Saturday) at the Kwara State Stadium Complex, with 3pm as kick off time.
Speaking after the Owena Whales emerged victorious against Kwara Utd via a 4-2 penalties after their semi-final tie ended 1-1.
“Let me be modest, all the team that has come this far in the tourney can win the final. Tornadoes or Coach Abubakar Bala are not new to me, as I feel we are up against Kwara United again.
“For me I saw one or two loop holes in Tornadoes during their semis against Remo Stars, so be rest assured that we’ll profit from it on the final.”
On his team’s readiness as they have only managed less than five goals in the tourney. “I don’t have a perfect team but I have players that can make the difference as what has kept us going is the continuity in the team.
“I want to thank my employer’s for thinking in line with the technical crew and for approving we be part of the tourney despite some financial constraints.
“We promise to make our fans back in Akure proud making a history today (Saturday).”
But Abubakar Bala says his Niger Tornadoes squad has all it takes to win the Ogunjobi Gold Cup on Saturday as Sunshine Stars don’t scare his team.
The Ikon Allah got to the final of the seventh edition after they trounce Remo Stars 3-1 on Thursday.
“I expect a tough game from them as they are defending champions and would want to win the title again.
“But we have one thing that has kept us going as we are improving from game to games. Mind you, this is not Akure as Ilorin is a neutral ground, we’ll definitely give a good account of ourselves once we get a fair officiating.
“We have achieved part of what we came to do at the Ogunjobi Gold Cup Tourney as we have known the quality of players that make up the new look Tornadoes.
“Qualifying to the final with almost same set of players that lost the 2018 edition in Akure to Sunshine Stars is a plus to my team, as it has boosted their psyche going into the new season.”