Coach Haruna

Newly appointed Nigeria U-17 team’s assistant coach, Bunmi Blair, on Tuesday, led a relatively unknown team, Cityzens Football Club into the final of the 2018 FCT preseason tournament.

Bunmi, a journalist cum coach, who was recently appointed as one of the assistants to veteran Golden Eaglets’ coach, Manu Garba, led Cityzens FC to a 2-1 victory over Oyah FC in the semifinals and will now face Nigeria National League, NNL team, NAF Rockets FC in the final on Friday.

The CAF B licenced coach was modest in his expectations ahead of the final.

“It has been a great experience for us so far, knowing that we are a new team. For us, the final is like any other game and we will go there to showcase ourselves.

“I’m hoping that after the finals, most of these players will get clubs worthy of their true status,” Bunmi said.

En route the final, Cityzens FC, which was formed late last year, defeated Liberty FC 3-0, Alpha FC 2-0 and Oyah FC 1-0 in the group stages of the competition.

In the quarterfinals, Cityzens FC handed FC Abuja now known as EFCC FC a 2-1 defeat before confirming their supremacy over Oyah FC for the second time in the competition with a 2-1 victory in the semifinals.

On the other hand, NNL team, NAF Rockets FC, came from two goals down to beat Supreme Court FC 3-2 in the other semifinal played in Abuja on Tuesday.

The FCT preseason tournament is played every year to prepare FCT-based teams for the new league season and also unearth new talents from the grassroots.

The final of the 2018 edition will be played Friday at the Area 3 Play Ground, Abuja by 3pm.

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