Amazing results were recorded on Match Day 1 of the maiden edition of the NPFL U-15 Promises tournament which served off early hours of Monday at the Osogbo City Stadium for teams in Group C.
Remo Stars, Shooting Stars, MFM FC, Shooting Stars, ABS FC and Sunshine Stars made up Group C of the Group stages of the tournament in Osun State at the end of which two will qualify for the Quarter-final stage.
Okoromi David scored the lone goal for ABS FC to pip MFM in the opening game, while Shooting Stars spanked Remo Stars 3-0 to put the championship underway.
But it was MFM that got the better chances in the early minutes of the game. Hammed Saheed’s free kick went inches wide on the third minute and two minutes later Atoyebi Gideon shot directly at ABS goalkeeper, Kolawole Sheriff.
MFM defence collapsed under sustained pressure from ABS on the 7th minute when David picked the final pass and beat his marker before he chipped the ball over MFM goalkeeper, Oladunni Habeeb.
MFM FC head coach, Isiekwene Christian would admit his lads learnt their lessons the hard way.
“We conceded early in the game but we were able to create some good moments and shake off the goal. We could have got something positive from the game but we have learnt a hard lessons that would guide us better in the tournament,” said Christian to Npfl.ng after the game.
Olubode Hassan’s hat trick propelled Shooting Stars to a 3-0 roll over Remo Stars in the second Group C game of Matchday 1.
The young star scored the first of his three goals late in the first half in the tough encounter and he followed up with a brace in the second half to complete the first hat trick of the championship.
An elated Shooting Stars coach, Monday Ozeibe was quick to rate his boys as favourites to win the group.
Ozeibe said; “I wasn’t impressed with the first half performance of my boys but we got a late goal in the first which was the tonic for us. The boys have done better during pre-season matches. The victory has placed us as the favourites to win the group and I believe we are capable of finishing top of the group.”
Matchday two continues on Tuesday morning with Sunshine Stars making their tournament debut against ABS FC while Remo Stars and MFM FC battle for their first win of the tournament.