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Daniel Batholomeu bagged a brace as FC Ebedei pipped the high-flying MFM FC of Lagos in the first game of Matchday Three encounter of ongoing Gold Cup Preseason Tournament played this morning at the Kwara State Stadium, Ilorin.
Both teams tango with high tempo from the start, having garnered one (1) point each from their previous games, with the winner to lead the group temporarily.
The Olukoya boys announced their dominance early in the game with excellent foot works from enterprising Onuwa Chukwuka setting up the likes of Sikiru Olatubosun and Victor Mbaoma.
Glorious chances beckoned on the experienced Olukoya boys who were furiously terrorizing FC Ebedei's lock spot but the likes of Sikiru Olatubosun and Victor Mbaoma were culprits in front of goals.
MFM FC safe hand Nasamu Emmanuel, who had been hardly tested for the most part of the first stanza was called into action in thirty nine (39) minute as he denied lanky Gbenga Ayinole from point blank. The youthful sides couldn't break the deadlock at the end of the first stanza.
Oliseh boys were decisive in most of their attacking build up as the match gathered momentum and their efforts were finally rewarded with a brilliant goal from Daniel Batholomeu as MFM defenders failed to clear their line, after a scramble.
MFM coach turned to his bench in his bid to restrategize and rescue points for his side as Adebayo Waheed, Atu Irumekhai and Abayomi Lawal were thrown into fray and the result was instant as the Lagos-based team midfielders wouldn't stop creating sparks. Victor Mbaoma later benefitted from Salifu's vision to bury a lovely low drive past onrushing Tosin Dauda in goal for Ebedei but his effort went wide.

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What a moment of respite for the Lagos based team but the joy lasted barely four minute when Effiong Stephen sets up Daniel Batholomeu who unerringly powered in a fierce strike from close range. Batholomeu's third strike of the tournament confirmed his status as highest goal scorer at the moment. Olukoya Boys later went into the act of terrorizing Ebedei's defensive set up but all to no avail.
Speaking to Gold Cup Media after the game, Coach Babatunde Oladeinde of FC Ebedei lauded the spirited performance by his boys and promised more players will be exposed and tested in their subsequent fixtures.
On the other hand, MFM FC assistant coach, Olalekan Gabriel who stood in for Fidelis Ilechukwu says his wards will fix the loop holes in every department of the team before their next game.
Coach Abdullahi Usman Biffo tutored side, Katsina United and ABS FC played out a goalless draw in the second game of the day which was decided at same Stadium.
With the results of the Group B matches, FC Ebedei are now setting at the top of the table with four points from two games, while Niger Tornadoes, Katsina United and ABS FC have two points respectively.


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