AITEO Cup: Rivers Angels captain yearns for healthy first leg advantage

AITEO Cup: Rivers Angels captain yearns for healthy first leg advantage

Sixteen teams are left in both draws of Nigeria club football cup competition, the AITEO Cup. Defending champions in both Men and Women category, FC Ifeanyiubah and Rivers Angels respectively are still in the hunt to retain their titles.

Rivers Angels, also the current league defending champions will on Wednesday host Edo Queens in the first leg of their quarter final game at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt.

Edwin Okon’s ladies have had an amazing run in the tournament so far, scoring 14 goals and conceding none in their first two games albeit against teams not in the Nigeria Women Premier League.

Ahead of Wednesday’s game, team captain Charity John is hopeful her side will take full advantage of home comfort to secure an unassailable lead going into the return fixture at the Samuel Ogbemudia Satdium, Benin City on Saturday.

“We started this competition quite well and I strongly believe we can continue with our form. We are not scared of any team (because) all we need to do is to go out there and do our best.”

“Since we are playing at home first, we need to score goals and avoid conceding any because I believe those goals will determine both legs at the end of it,” John told the club’s Media.

In other first leg quarter-final ties in the women’s draw on Wednesday, last year’s beaten finalists Bayelsa Queens will entertain Nasarawa Amazons in Nembe while Ibom Angels face Pelican Stars in a local derby in Uyo. In Umuahia, Confluence Queens will be the guests of Abia Angels.

The return leg fixtures will come up this Saturday with semi-final first leg scheduled for next midweek.

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