#AiteoCup: Akwa United To Rep Nigeria In CAF Conf Cup
Akwa United Football Club, on Sunday, beat the Niger Tornadoes to represent Nigeria in next year’s CAF Confederation Cup.
This came after a 3-2 victory via penalty shutouts in the Aiteo Cup final at the Agege Stadium, Lagos.
Akwa United striker Gabriel Okechukwu scored the decisive penalty in sudden death after both teams were tied on 2-2 in the shootout after both teams failed to score in a drab regulation time.
Interestingly, substitute Okechukwu failed to convert the biggest chance of the day in the 85th minute, when he was clear on goal with only goalkeeper Mustapha Aliko to beat.
In the first half, there were no clear-cut chances created by both teams.
Friday Ubong was denied a clear sight on goal by a timely header by Niger Tornadoes defender Reuben Ogbonnaya.
Akwa United striker Musa Newman was let down by a poor first touch right inside the box late in the first 45 minutes.
This will be Akwa United second cup triumph after they first won the country’s cup competition two years ago.
Akwa United FC are 2017 Aiteo Cup champions, their second title in the history of Nigerian football.
Powered by the state Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, Akwa United won the #AiteoCup for the second time in three years.
It is the first team from Cross River/Akwa Ibom states, Nigeria, to win the Nigerian FA cup.
Akwa United is the current Champion of the largest football competition in Nigeria, the Federation Cup, which is now known as the Aiteo Cup.
The team had never won any trophy at the National scene before the arrival of Governor Udom Emmanuel in 2015. The players and officials are the most promptly paid in Nigeria as at today. Good thinking, good product.
It is worthy of note that she players of the team are currently active in the National Football Team, the highest number of footballers from a single football club in Nigeria.
Before the arrival of Gov Udom Emmanuel in 2015, Akwa United had always escaped relegation by the whiskers on the last day of matches at the elite division.
Today’s victory is the team’s first in Nigeria since the change of tournament’s nomenclature to Aiteo Cup. The victory will lead the team into continental action in the CAF Confederation’s Cup competition.