Daily Trust (Abuja)

13 November 2012

Nigeria: Gombe Whip Sao Paulo in Pre-Season Match

Gombe — In continuation of their preparation for the coming season, Nigeria Premier League side, Gombe United on Sunday whipped Sao Paulo Academy of Jos 5-1 at the Pantami stadium Gombe.

The host took the lead early in the match with Frank Ike converting the first penalty of the match in the 4th minute.Before the end of the first half, United increased their tally to three with John Kim and Obodo Oliseme registering their names on the scorers' sheet.

The second half of the match witnessed three more goals with United's Abdullahi Muktar making it four from the penalty spot just as Sani Gidado completed the routing of the school boys by making it five for Gombe.

The visitor's consolatory goal came towards the dying minutes of the match through Aliyu Mohammed who scored during a goal mouth scramble.Speaking to Trustsports after the match, Gombe United technical adviser Maurice Cooreman expressed satisfaction with his players' performance.

He said when he started with the team, he noticed that the players could not score goals but that is now a thing of the past.The former Kaduna United and Warri Wolves coach said he would work more to sharpen his players' goal scoring abilities.

He also said he would not tinker so much with the present squad saying he is ready to work with most of the players he met on ground.

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