The Ikon Allah Boys beat Shooting Stars who also gained promotion alongside Gombe United and Remo Stars, 3-2 in a thriller at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, venue for the 2020/22 NNL Play-Offs.
Tunde Shamsudeen, General Coordinator of the Ogunjobi Gold Cup said: “I want to use this medium to congratulate the quartet of Tornadoes, Shooting Stars, Gombe United and Remo Stars for picking a promotion ticket to the NPFL.
“It was well deserving of the teams as they capped their brilliant season and hard work with the much-needed ticket.”
“The feat recorded by the clubs in Enugu has shown to our critics the value of the Ogunjobi Gold Cup to teams in their three tiers of our domestic league, as over the years the tourney Cup has grown to become a brand in Nigeria’s football, as it gives teams the needed platform to prepare for the new seasons.”
“With the quality of football exhibited by these four teams at the NNL play-off, I’m certain these teams will make a difference in the NPFL this season.
” I want to appeal to the four teams that it’s a different ball game in the NPFL and it’s difficult to gain promotion and easy to relegate. So they must invest wisely in their squad, get their recruitment process right and strive to pick points on the road.”
Shamsudeen, further hinted that plans were in top gear to organise the 9th edition of the Ogunjobi Gold Cup preseason tournament.
“I want to keep much of the information to my chest, though some states are bidding to host the prestigious championship, while more than 20 teams in the three tiers of our leagues have signified their interests of participation.”