Aiteo Cup final
The Aiteo Cup final for 2017/18 takes place today at the Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa.
Rivers Angels will face familiar foes Ibom Angels of Uyo in a repeat of last year’s Aiteo cup final.
It is an opportunity for Ibom Angels who seeks revenge to beat Rivers Angels and clinch the sort-after trophy.
A favorable penalty shoot-out saw Rivers Angels winning last year after a 1-1 draw as at full time.
The journey so far –
Rivers Angels defeated Bayelsa Queens 2-0 in the first semi-final fixture, while Ibom Angels saw off Edo Queens at the Dan Anyiam stadium, Owerri.
The women’s final comes 24 hours to the men’s final with Rangers International of Enugu squaring up against Kano Pillars.
The men’s final is tipped to be a mouth-watering encounter as both teams are in pole position to win the Aiteo Cup as they face each other at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.
Ibom Angels stretched Rivers Angels in last year’s final in Jos and generally showing consistency on the domestic scene.
Glory Ogbonna is their star player, and has become an integral part of the Super Falcons squad.
Ogbonna’s presence is one reason Ibom Angels are making their second successive appearance in the Aiteo Cup final.
Her defensive ability and coordinating qualities has helped organize her team’s defense.
Fehintola Mabokanje is another vital player for Ibom Angels, owing to her good defensive qualities.
Emem Essien can’t be omitted from the array of stars Ibom Angels possesses, as the mercurial winger is pacy, skillful and drives through defenders with ease.
Rivers Angels have the experience and quality to wreak havoc by shattering the plans of the opposing team.
Coach Edwin Okon’s Rivers Angels have won the Aiteo Cup (previously the Federations’ Cup) than any other club in the land.
Rivers Angels parades some of the finest players in the league with names such as Chiamaka Nnnadozie, Rofiat Sule and Evelyn Nwabuoku being the team’s assets.
Chiamaka Nnadozie, was outstanding for the Falconets at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in France in August.
With the experience of former Super Falcons captain, Nwabuoku in the side, your guess is as good as mine.
Who will be crowned the champions of the 2017/18 AITEO Cup?