#Aiteocup: Gov Emmanuel Congratulates #AkwaUnited
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has congratulated the Akwa United Football Club of Uyo for wining the maiden edition of the Aiteo Cup.
The team won the trophy against a determined Niger Tornadoes side in a penalty shootout after ending the game goallessly during regulation time.
The Governor, in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Ekerete Udoh, celebrated the indomitable spirit of the team.
“Tonight you displayed the Dakkada spirit that our people are known for; you refused to accept defeat when the odds were against you; you remained focused and delivered a stunning victory.
“We salute your courage and determination. Akwa Ibom people are proud of you. Akwa Ibom people stand united behind you.
“Wining three national championship trophies since I came on board as your Servant Leader means we have our hands on the right button. I have no doubt that you will do us proud in your pursuit of continental glory”.
Governor Emmanuel had few minutes before the match, visited the team at their dressing room to inspire the team to excellence.
“We mobilized support for the Super Eagles and they didnt let us down. We are here to do same for you and I know you will not disappoint us.”
Scoreline at the final whistle was 0-0 but the Promise Keepers prevailed 3-2 in a penalty shootout to become the first winners of the captivating AITEO trophy.
The colourful final was watched by a glittering array of eminent personalities, including Governors Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos) and Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger State), CAF President Ahmad, CAF Vice Presidents Kwesi Nyantakyi and Omari Selemani, CAF Emergency Committee members Souleman Waberi and Amaju Melvin Pinnick, Executive Committee members of NFF, chieftains of sponsors AITEO, NFF Management, Members of the Lagos State Executive Council and members of the diplomatic community.
Akwa United goalkeeper, Olorunleke Ojo, won both the Best Goalkeeper and Most Valuable Player awards and the Coach, Abdu Maikaba, was adjudged the Best Coach.
Akwa United forward, Christian Pyagbara, also claimed the Top Scorer’s award with his seven goals in this year’s competition.
Akwa will now join Enyimba FC of Aba to represent Nigeria in the CAF Confederations Cup competition.
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