Preview: Katsina United- Niger Tornadoes; The Changi Boys try Ikon Allah Boys for size in final
The ancient city of Katsina bubbles as the Prestigious and arguably one of the best and well financed pre-season Tourney hit grand finale.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari Pre-season Tournament which is initiated and solely sponsored by the Honourable Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Social Development, Alhaji Aliyu Sani Danlami will host its final later tonight at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium under floodlight.
Katsina United I and Niger Tornadoes are the two traditional teams to trade tackles and entertain expected guests in this mouthwatering final.
The tournament which started 8th November 2020 featured NPFL and NNL power house clubs such as the NPFL defending champions, Plateau United, Niger Tornadoes, Wikki Tourists, Zamfara United, Sokoto United Rarara FC and more shall, comes to a wrap tonight.
Katsina United I qualified as group A winner to set up a semi-final battle against group B runner-up Katsina United II. An encouter packed with memorable moments played under floodlight on Saturday.
Joseph Atule (2 goals) , new boy Massaly Boubacar (2 goals), Samuel Kalu and Gambo Muhammed were on target in that thrilling and fascinating encounter that saw both teams scored 3 goals apiece and Katsina United I cruised to the final 4 – 2 on penalty shootouts to keep a date with Niger Tornadoes who picked the first final ticket at the expense of Zamfara United who also surrendered to the Ikon Allah Boys on Penalty shootout after playing a barren draw in the regulation time in the first semi-final.
This is not the first time we will see these two great teams clash in a competitive game. They clashed in NPFL more than 3 times since Katsina United returned to the Nigeria topflight league.
Both teams also traded tackles in the preliminary stage of this competition and Katsina United stole the show 1 – 0. Thanks to the solitary goal from Mustapha Muhammed that separated the two sides.
Road To Final
Katsina United I
Katsina United I 1 vs 0 Niger Tornadoes
Katsina United I 2 vs 0 Sokoto United
Katsina United I 4 vs 0 Plateau United
Katsina Unted 2 vs 0 Jnr. Katsina Utd
Katsina United I 9 vs vs 1 Garkuwa FC
Semifinal: Katsina United I 3 PK (4) vs 3 PK(2) Katsina United II
Niger Tornadoes 0 vs 1 Katsina United I
Niger Tornadoes 2 vs 0 Zamfara United
Niger Tornadoes 2 vs 0 Plateau United
Sokoto United 1 vs 1Niger Tornadoes
Niger Tornadoes 3 vs 1 Garkuwa FC
Semifinal: Niger Tornadoes 0 pk(4) vs 0 pk (2) Zamfara United
The tournament featured 12 teams across the country and a total of 75 goals have scored and we expect to add to later tonight.
Katsina United I will look to bank on their 100% win record going to this tie as they have won all six games on their road to the final of the ongoing Governor Masari pre-season Tourney. Tornadoes will look to complement their good form that saw them trounce one of the Nigeria Caf Champions League canpaigner and star star studded Plateau United 2 – 0 in the preliminary stage.
Katsina United I remain the only team that have scored against all the six opponents that have faced them in the ongoing competition, they have managed to score 18 goals and conceded just 4, one against Garkuwa and three in the semi-final against Katsina United II.
Tornadoes scored against all their opponents except Katsina United I and Zamfara United. Can they score against their fiercest opponent in the competition tonight? Time will tell.
The tournament will be attended by dignitaries from Katsina Government House, NFF Executive Committee members and prominent football stakeholders across the country.
Katsina United II Senegalese import, Boubacar Massaly is the top scorer with 6 goals closely chased by Katsina United I duo Abdurashid Ahmed and Samuel Kalu who are on 5 goals each and one of them may likely leapfrog Massaly later tonight.
Stars to watch
Katsina United: Joseph Atule, Abdulrashid Ahmed, Usman Barau, Samuel Kalu
Niger Tornadoes: Liman Ahmadu, Lukman Muhammed, Oche Abayomi
Coaches on parade
Katsina United I: Bishir Sadauki
Niger Tornadoes: Abubakar Bala
Date – Sunday 8th November, 2020
Venue – Muhammadu Dikko Stadium in Katsina.
Time: 8 PM