NLO CUP: Palm Syrup battles Kun Khalifa in 1st semi-final as Vandrezzer FC JNR pick first win

Published on: 28 November 2023

It's a clash of the titans on Tuesday as the first semi-final of the NLO CUP takes centre stage between Palm Syrup and Kun Khalifa FC at the Uyo Stadium by 3pm local time.

The maiden NLO Cup which is geared to celebrate the best of the Nationwide League One brand of football is sponsored by telecommunications giant MTN and FirstCentral Credit Bureau.

Interestingly, both teams topped Group 2 (Uyo) A and B respectively with 6pts and 7pts each, but Palm Syrup will be having their hands full against a Kun Khalifa FC side that was unbeaten in three matches with two victories and a draw, scoring six goals and conceding just two goals, for a spot in the final.

It was a sad one for RORO FC owned by Nigeria stand-up comedian, Bowoto Jephthah Oluwatiseyifumi Tanimola, popularly known as Akpororo, as his team finished second behind Palm Syrup FC despite going past them on the final group game, reports as made available by the NLO media.

At the Kano Centre, Tudun Wada and Green Lock go top of Group 1 A and B after picking maximum 6points each from two matches.

Green Lock come from behind to pip Kwankwasiyya Samba 2-1 with goals from Enoch Enenche in the one hour mark and a 75th minute strike from Onyedika Philip, thus making Muhammad Auwar's 24th opening goal to count for little.

For Tudun Wada who got their campaign off in a slow start on Matchday One, brushed aside Like Minds FC by a goal to nil no thanks from a strike by Rabiu Abdullahi in the 12th minute.

Meanwhile, despite being on 6points each, both Tudun Wada and Green Lock FC must avoid a scandalous defeat on their final group matches on Tuesday, as an upset could mar any chances of a semi-final spot.

However, in the other results Zeal Minds FC trounced Barau/Murtala FC 4-0 with Ngbede Moses scoring a brace, while Krane FC snatched a win in the 7-goal thriller against Jaguar FC, as their game ended 4-3.

Vandrezzer JNR earned their first 3points with a 2-1 win over FC Chimoski, as NA Royal FC were also 2-1 winners over FC Sheika.

Uyo MD3 RESULTS: FC Chimoski 1-2 Vandrezzer JNR Jaguar FC 3-4 Krane FC Palm Syrup FC 0-1 RORO FC Kun Khalifa FC 1-0 Olegacy FC

Kano MD 2 RESULTS: Tudun Wada 1-0 Like Minds Kwankwasiyya Samba 1-2 Green Lock Zeal Minds FC 4-0 Barau/Murtala FC NA Royal FC 2-1 FC Sheika


By Olaleye Oluwadamilola