Golden Friends have advanced to the knockout phase of the 2019 Bet9ja Royal Cup, as the second set of games of Matchday 2 were played on Thursday, October 18 across some designated centers.
Golden Friends beat Ihun Iyase 2 – 1 in Group C at the Kwale Township Stadium to progress to the Round of 16.
Thanks to own goals from Amedu Ibrahim and Ademuwagun Samson, as well as Golden Friends’ Mack Oli Chinedu, as the Oreokpe clubside secured three more points to make it six from two group games.
In the second tie of the day at the Kwale Township Stadium, Ede United did not honour their game against De Unique FC in Group D.
It was the second time the Agbor side had missed a group game, after they did not turn up for their Matchday 1 tie against Maro11 Speedstar Academy because of team players allegedly refusing to travel for the fixture.
Reacting to the development, the Local Organizing Committee,LOC, say in a statement that the failure of Ede United to turn up for their last two group games is unfortunate and does not reflect the discipline expected of a grassroot club.
Ede United was thereafter disqualified from the 2019 edition of the Royal Cup and all results against them nullified.
The statement says the remaining teams in Group D: De Unique FC, Young Professionals and Maro11 Speedstar Academy, will play the remaining fixtures accordingly, with two to qualify for the Round of 16.
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The statement adds that the last two matches in the group scheduled to hold simultaneously will no longer hold.
It states that the last game between De Unique and Maro11 Speedstar Academy earlier scheduled to hold at the Oleh Stadium on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 by 12pm will now hold at the Kwale Township Stadium same time.