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Katsina Utd Ousted, As Sporting Lagos & Remo Stars Join Akwa, Lobi Stars in Naija Super 8 Semifinals

July, 14 2023.

The line-up for the semifinals of the first edition of the private sector-driven, Naira-spinning pre-season tournament christened Naija Super 8, is now complete, following the conclusion of the group fixtures on Thursday.

ln the only game played at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Onikan, Lagos, on Thursday evening, newly promoted Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) side, extended their giant-killing run, by edging out Katsina United 1-0.

With Sporting FC, Katsina United and Remo Stars all on 4 points before the kick-off. It was a sure winner-takes-all tie, but a draw would have as well taken sides into the last four.

However, Silas Nenrot's spectacular finish in the 37th minute was eventually the difference, as Sporting FC topped the log, while Remo Stars who had lost 1-2 to the new kids on the NPFL block, sneaked into the semifinals by virtue of having superior goals difference over Katsina United.

The first set of semifinalists emerged on Wednesday, with Lobi Stars topping the Group B table, ahead of Akwa United of Uyo.

It means, Sporting Lagos will in the last four, battle Akwa United while Remo Stars of Ikenne and Lobi Stars of Makurdi slug it out for a place in the final.

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