Current Aiteo Cup holders Akwa United booked a place in the quarter-finals of the 2018 Federation Cup known as the ‘Aiteo Cup’ following a hard-fought 1-0 win against Kogi United in their Group D clash at the Aba International Stadium on Wednesday.
Victor Mbaoma scored the winning goal for the Promise Keepers in the last minute of added time with a pass from Nanem Imenger.
Mbaoma also scored the winner in the 1-0 win of the Promise Keepers against Wikki Tourists on Monday. Abdu Maikaba’s men have now garnered six points from two group games.
Group A – Lagos Centre
In Group A, Abia Warriors bounced back from the opening day 5-1 defeat to Kwara United by beating Kano Pillars 2-1 at the Agege Stadium, Lagos.
The shocking result brought the Kano based club back to earth as their opponents fought hard to remain relevant in the competition.
Junior Lokosa put Pillars ahead on the dot of half-time but the determined Abia Warriors fought on through strikes from Jimoh Obi and Emeka Isaac (penalty).
Group B – Kano Centre
Sunshine Stars and El-Kanemi Warriors battled to a 1-1 draw in a Group B clash at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.
Dasousa Antonio opened scoring for El-Kanemi in the 62nd minute, while Sikiru Alimi leveled scores for Sunshine Stars in the 71st minute.
In a related development coach of Katsina United Abdullahi Biffo has said that the target now is for his team to win this year’s Aiteo Cup after they advanced to the quarterfinal of the cup competition.
Today Katsina United upstaged Plateau United 1-0 in a final Group A match to go through to the knockout stage of the competition.
Coach Biffo speaks
“Our target is to win the Aiteo Cup because we wish to play on the continent next year,” coach Biffo said.
“We do not fear any team and we are ready for the challenge ahead.”
Biffo has said his team went for broke against Plateau United in the second half because they needed a win to stay alive in the cup competition.
“Nobody gave us a chance, we were the underdogs against the NPFL champions Plateau United,” he said.
“Plateau United just needed a draw and they tried to frustrate us, they were very comfortable when the scores were 0-0.
“We mounted a lot of pressure in the second half and it eventually paid off.
“We got the goal at the right time, just seven minutes to the end of the match.
“I am proud of the entire team who fought back from the loss to Enyimba to go past the group stage.”