36Lion FC players warm up before the game
36Lion beat Nigeria National League side, Gateway FC to qualify for the 2017 Southwest preseason tourney final, holding at the Agege Stadium.

Having endured a barren first half, Adebayo Moshood's header in the second half broke the deadlock for the Lagos based outfit in the 60th minute. And the chairman of the club, Alhaji Gafar has showered encomium on his players for putting up a good fight in the game.

"The boys are the brain behind this, they are the main actors, they are the ones that got the job done," Gafar told media."If you look at the game, they ran all though the game because we are not technically and tactically gifted.

"Football is a game of instruction, but I say it's a game of remembrance, if you look at every footballer in the entire universe, they are still called to the sidelines to remind them of the coach's plan.

"Even the Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pogba and the likes still needed the coaches to remind them of somethings during the game, but these ones are still babies. "It is not as if they aren't playing to instructions, we are just reminding them of what they know how to do best, and the execution was near perfect. 

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"If you also look at world football today, you will realise that if you can run you will play ball and that's just the reason behind it - the boys. He added.The football administrator also revealed that his outfit are not particular about gaining promotion to the NNL, but insisted that his mandate was to discover and develop raw talents at the grassroots level.

"Promotion is still far away, just expect us to do well, expect bus to give you a good game anytime you see us play, and if promotion comes, we will be glad."I'm a youth developer, our program is total youth development not about promotion, demotion or what a view. "We just want to play ball and anytime the tides of football takes us, we flow. He contined.

Finally, Alhaji Gafar admits that his side are inferior to NPFL side, MFM FC ahead of their final encounter at the same venue, he affirmed that they will ensure the give their best in the game regardless of who wins. "We will run them, you know they are a matured side with a whole lot of experience and they will be playing on the continent.

"So, we will respect them and equally play them very hard, but we will run them and wherever it goes, it goes. "The Olukoya Boys spanked former Nigerian topflight side, Remo Stars 2-0 to progress to the final of the tournament meant to prepare teams for the coming NPFL season early next year.

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