By Fisayo Dairo

The NPFL Clubs Under-15 tournament which got underway last Monday has so far lived up to its billing of helping to chart a new developmental cause for football in Nigeria.

In what is an unprecedented move in the history of the round leather game in Nigeria, players not more than age 15 selected by the twenty top flight clubs are given the opportunity of competing under the same facility that the established league professionals strut their stuffs week in, week out in the Nigeria Professional Football League.

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By Fisayo Dairo

Rivers United finished top of Group A of the NPFL Under 15 Promises tournament after a last gasp goal by Adolphus Ibinabo secured a 1-1 draw with FC Ifeanyiubah on Friday.

The Government Secondary School, Borokiri student scored with virtually the last kick of the ball at the Owerri centre of the NPFL Under-15 Promises tournament to rescue a table-topping point for United.

With United firmly in control of the group having won their first three group games, FC Ifeanyiubah who also had the same record as United but inferior goals difference seized the moment on the half hour mark.

Read more: NPFL U-15 Promises: Late drama brings Owerri to a close  

By Tobi Samuel

ABS FC fended off a strong challenge from Remo Stars to clinch the remaining quarter-final ticket from Group C of the NPFL U-15 Promises tournament in Osogbo, edging the Sagamu side 1-0.

Shooting Stars were already into the quarter-finals before their last group match against Sunshine Stars but the junior Oluyole Warriors pipped their Akure rivals 1-0 to round off the stage as leaders.

ABS and Remo Stars came into the game on the final day as pitching for the second qualification ticket after Shooting Stars qualified for the next round on Thursday. The Saraki Boys needed just a point to progress while Remo Stars must win to progress.

Read more: NPFL U-15 Promises: ABS edge Remo Stars to join Shooting in quarter-finals  

By Fisayo Dairo

Rivers United booked a place in the quarterfinals of the NPFL Under-15 Promises tournament after an emphatic 3-0 drubbing of Enyimba at the Owerri centre on Thursday.

United were without their four-goal hero Kenneth Clinton but winger Nathan Collins rose for the team, grabbing an impressive hattrick to lead his team en route to success. After a cagey start to the game, Collins scored twice in three minutes to take his team out of sight of the Baby Elephants from Aba.

Read more: NPFL U-15 Promises: Rivers Utd thump Enyimba to reach quarters  

By Tobi Samuel

On Day 4 of the NPFL U-15 Promises tournament, Shooting Stars retained their lead on the log despite a draw with MFM but it was Remo Stars that made a big mark winning their very first game of the tournament. The winning has positioned the Sagamu side to fight for the remaining quarter-finals spot with second placed ABS FC in a winner takes all fixture. Remo are now on four points while ABS are ahead on six points and victory for either sides would guarantee the winner progression to the last eight of the tournament.

Remo Stars struggled in their previous two fixtures, losing to group leaders, Shooting Stars and drawing 1-1 with MFM. But against the junior Akure Gunners, Dayo Awotoye struck a brilliant brace to help Remo Stars banish the voodoo of not winning at the Osogbo City Stadium.

Read more: NPFL U-15 Promises: Shooting Stars book quarter-final spot, Remo, ABS fight for place  

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