The first edition of the Pre-European Clubs Scouting tournament concluded in Gombe Township stadium pantami rounded off in style as Mailantarki Care Football Academy emerged as the overall winners following their outstanding performance against Sergio Football club of Bauchi in the final.
The Honourable Mailantarki Boys beat its opponent 3-1 to claimed the highest prize set aside by the sponsor of the tournament Honourable Khamisu Ahmed Mailantarki, the CEO of Mailantarki Care Sports Academy Gombe.
Young Sensational winger Shamsudeen Ibrahim scored brace before turning provider for Isiyaku Sale for the third toward the end of the encounter dominated by the Gombe based football academy.
Other awards presented on the final day includes 2nd position for the runners-up Sergio FC of Bauchi, 3rd place winners Kano Stars (200,000) and the 4th position Gombe Lions received the sum of N100,000.
Abdulrahman Sa’idu of Mailantarki Care Football Academy received golden boat for the highest goal scorer award with 5 goals, Abdulazeez Adamu Maiyadi another player from the same club grabbed the best player of the competition, MCFA goalie Abdulazeez Abubakar won a hand gloves for the best goalkeeper award, Abdulbasit Bayo take home adidas boat for the best defender award, while Coach Sule Garba of the tournament winners is the best coach.
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State graced the final event through his Director of Protocol Habibu Musa, other dignitaries present includes Gombe State Commissioner of Health Dr Habu Dahiru, Gombe State Sports Commission Executive Chairman Malam Hamza Adamu Soye, Gombe State Football Association Chairman Yakubu Sarma, President/CEO FC Yarmalight Malam Farouk Yarma, Gombe United Football Club Chairman Larry Daniel amongst others.
The Manu Garba lead technical Committee of the scouting tournament shortlisted 82 most talented players from the 30 teams that participated, the shortlisted players will resume camping exercise today in other to be further prepared for the upcoming 24th October major scouting tournament that will feature European football Directors and scouts
L-R President/CEO Mailantarki Care Football Academy (MCFA) Hon Khamisu Ahmed Mailantarki, Representative of Gombe State Governor Habibu Musa. MCFA Captain Isiyaku Sale, MCFA Head Coach Sule Garba and the MCFA Media and Communication Manager Adamu Usman Ahmed after the presentation of the overall winners award of trophy and Cheque of N500,000.