Gulder 5-A-side Football: Gunners FC, KFA FC Emerge Ilorin Regional Winners

Top Quote Gunners FC and KFA FC emerged as the winners and runners up on the football zonal elimination series that started Tuesday July 19 in the Gulder 5-A-side Football Competition. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 28, 2011 - .As Makurdi Comes Alive for North Central Qualifiers

    The Gulder 5-A-side Football zonal elimination series that started Tuesday July19 in Ilorin came to an end on Thursday July 21 with Gunners FC and KFA FC emerged as the winners and runners up. The two teams will represent the zone in Lagos for the knock out stage scheduled to hold on September 15, 2011.

    The Gunners FC had earlier defeated All Stars of Ilorin by 2-0 in the first semi-final while KFA FC, in a tension soaked match, beat Okoto FC by 3-1 in the second semi-final.

    For the overall winner, the two teams, Gunners FC and KFA FC had to settle scores with penalty shootout after playing 1-1 draw at regulation time. However, Gunners FC eventually outshine KFA FC by 3-2 at the end of the penalty shoot-out.

    The Chief Coach of the Gunners FC, Coach Best Wesley who will accompany the team to the knock-out stage in Lagos, expressed happiness for being the last coach standing in the zone, noting that he was more than satisfied.

    He said that they will intensify training activities for his players so as to prove themselves in Lagos. "What we are going back to do now is to intensify our preparation by concentrating on tactics and pace. We are going to put the team through the principle of football ethics, tactical discipline, team spirit and responsibility", Wesley disclosed.

    The regional qualifiers, consisting of 52 club sides that came in from Kwara, Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, Sokoto and Minna, took place for three days at the Kwara Football Academy Ilorin.

    Expressing his satisfaction on the successful kick off of the regional qualifying series in Ilorin, Gulder Sales Team Manager, Ibadan District, Mr. Jude Edemode said "The regional matches have truly been an explosion of raw talents. We have had incredibly high energy and amazing turn-out of spectators and dignitaries alike. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone in all the states that participated in the regional qualifier here in the Ilorin zone, either as players, parents or football loving fans and supporters of grassroots football."

    Edemode described the Gulder brand as a brand for distinct men and "as you can see today distinct teams have emerged", adding that "though Gulder 5-A-side Football is different from normal football championships, all the team that participated so far in this elimination processes have exhibited great skills and talents which have showed that we have abundant hidden football talents in this country, let me tell you that one of the teams from here will emerge winner in Lagos" Edemode wished.

    The next line of Gulder 5-A-side Football actions are scheduled to take place for three days starting from July Saturday 23 to Monday July 25 in the city of Markurdi, Benue state. That is where the last Northern qualifying series would be played for another two great teams to emerge for the final showdown in Lagos, come September 5, 2011 when 14 teams from all the seven regions will participate in the knock-out stage in Lagos.

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