Gateway United Football Club of Abeokuta on Saturday said it had concluded plans to face Sunshine Stars and Osun United FC during their pre-season tour which begins on Sunday.
Moses Oyewunmi, the club’s Media Officer, in a statement in Abeokuta disclosed that the club would face Sunshine Stars FC on Sunday.
“The match against the 2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side would hold at the Akure Township Stadium.
“Thereafter, the team will travel to Osogbo to take on Osun United on Monday,’’ he said.
Oyewunmi quoted the club’s Head Coach, Akeem Busari, as saying the tour was an avenue to test the strength of his players against top sides.
The coach had added that it would as well help to assess their preparedness for the 2018/2019 Nigeria National League (NNL) season which was being expected to start soon.
“We are leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that our players are fine-tuned and are poised to do well in the new season.
“To secure the elusive top flight ticket, adequate preparation is required and we have not faltered in this aspect, thanks to the management of Gateway United for making this happen.
“Having played non-league clubs with huge victories, top friendlies of this nature are also needed for proper assessment of our players.
“So, we expect to have good games against these teams,” Busari was further quoted as saying.
Oyewunmi also quoted the club’s Acting General Manager, Niyi Soleye, as backing Busari’s words by saying all hands were on deck to play more quality friendlies before the league’s kick-off.(NNN)
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