Senate President Bukola Saraki has applauded ABS Ilorin FC U-15 for winning the Nigerian Professional League U-15.
Saraki Boys beat Katsina United 3-1 to emerge NPFL U-15 Champions on Saturday.
Saraki twitted: ”I am super proud of my boys from @ABSIlorinFC for winning the Nigerian Professional Football League U-15 Cup!.”
Three weeks of football across four five cities in the country and involving over 400 under 15 years teenagers from the 20 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs was concluded at the Agege Stadium, morning with a dominant second half performance that saw the Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Football Club overcome hard fighting Katsina United.
The Ilorin side won 3-1 to emerge champions of the inaugural edition of the NPFL U- 15 Promises Tournament in a finals watched by Antonio Baradas, the Director of Africa operations of LaLiga, partners of the NPFL, Harry Iwuala, Head, Special Projects of the League Management Company (LMC) and Mutiu Adepoju, a former Super Eagles captain and Country Manager of LaLiga in Nigeria.
Niger Tornadoes piped Rangers International 1-0 to claim the third place. Tornadoes goal came off a Yahaya Abba Yahaya ferocious free kick on the 22nd minute leaving Okoh Chizoba in goal for Rangers completely beaten. It was the first defeat for Rangers in the tournament and it turned out the most important win for their opponents.
The Golden Ball for the most valuable player of the tournament went to Olusegun Olakunle of ABS, while defender Chukwuemeka Egbu of Rangers won the Silver ball. Nasel Bussa who saved two penalties for FC Ifeanyi Ubah on their way to the finals in Lagos won the bronze ball as the third best player of the tournament