Coach Abdullahi Biffo boys will face Lobi Stars, who finished top of Group A with 8 points, on Wednesday evening. Score Nigeria reports
The other semi-final of this pre-season tournament will be between Niger Tornadoes and Kano Pillars.
“Good game and a good fight by MFM, they pressed until the final whistle and my boys at the same time were equal to the task. Kudos to them,” Biffo said.
“This game have made me to see the clearer picture of what my team is made up of and we will starting working on the negatives that have been noticed and we will be very ready for the new season.”
Even though the rhythm of the game was disrupted By petty fouls but it was an action-packed encounter at the Kwara State Stadium Complex in Ilorin.
It was ‘The Chanji Boys’ who drew the first blood after a defender deflected a curling clever cross by Agboola Joshua to MFM rear area into his own net on 24th minutes.
However, the lead did not stand for long as MFM restored the parity on 34th minutes via a penalty kick after the centre referee claimed that Timothy Danladi upended Sikiru Olatunbosun in his own 18-yard and he wasted no time to point at the penalty spot.
Both teams fought hard and created scoring chances, but could not change the score line as the first half ended 1 – 1.
It was a balanced game in the early minutes of the second half as both teams were looking to play each other through.
Joseph Adah could have restored Katsina United lead on 64th minutes, when he dribbled past two of his markers, but his left-footed strike was weak and could not trouble MFM shot-stopper who easily picked the ball.
Timothy Danladi was given a marching order by the centre referee after he had head-butted Olatunosun and Katsina United were reduced to 10 men on 67th minutes.
‘The Olukoya Boys’ captilised on their numerical advantage as they continued to pressure the defence of Katsina United, but all their efforts to get the lead were repelled by the resolute defence of Katsina United as the game ended 1- 1.