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AITEO CUP FINAL: AKWA UNITED AND THE LONG JOURNEY TO AGEGE STADIUM By: Bassey Ibiatisuho

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Today, history will be made at the Soccer Temple better known as the Agege Stadium in Lagos when Akwa United will file out against Niger Tornadoes in the maiden edition of the Aiteo Cup final, formerly called The Federation Cup which remains the oldest inter football club competition in Nigeria.
Akwa United made it to the final after defeating Halfa FC, Yobe Desert Stars, Shooting Stars, Katsina United Feeders and Sunshine Stars, scoring a whooping 23 goals while conceding just six in seven matches, making the Uyo Land-lords the highest scoring side of the current campaign.
On the other hand, Niger Tornadoes secured their place in the final after knocking out Elkanemi Warriors, FC Atete, league Champions Plateau United in the quarter final and last year’s champions FC Ifeanyi Ubah in the semi final.
While this will be Tornadoes first national final in 17 years following their 1-0 win against Enugu Rangers in 2000, Akwa United is appearing in the final the second time in three years having defeated Lobi Stars 2-1 to win the 2015 edition.

With the two teams determined to get the last slot to continental football and an improved prize money of N25 million, Akwa United will hope to crown what has been the best season of football for the Promise Keepers in their 21 years of existence with the Aiteo Cup and a place in the continent after losing the third spot place to Enyimba FC in the league at the business end.
While pundits and the neutrals think the Uyo-based side will provide a better representation for the country in Africa with good footballers, experience coach, world class stadium and facilities, football-loving fans of Uyo and the football-friendly government in the state, Coach Abdu Maikaba has got to put all his eggs in this one basket to get nothing other than a win.
In the just concluded NPFL season, Akwa United finished 4th while Tornadoes was placed 11th and in their last four meetings, Akwa United has won twice and lost twice, scoring five goals and conceding four.
With old warriors like Captain Otobong Effiong, Ariwachukwu Emmanuel, Godspower Igudia, Paterne Counou and Ubong Friday who were part of the team that lifted the trophy two years ago and the experience of Super Eagles midfielders Ifeanyi Ifeanyi and Aremu Afeez pulling the strings in the middle of the park, Forwards Musa Newman, Cyril Olisema, Christian Pyagbara who currently has 7 goals and another one today will make him the highest goal scorer in the last three seasons including goalkeeper, Ojo Olorunleke, The Promise Keepers should be able to calm the Tornadoes from Niger.
The stage is set, expectations are high and history beckons as the winner of the first Aiteo Cup will emerge today at the Soccer Temple before the watchful eyes of the CAF President Ahmad Ahmad and officials from FIFA as well as thousands of followers.

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AFRICA: CAF Confederations Cup First Round Fixtures

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FIRST LEG
09.03. 15:00 Al-Ittihad (Lib) Akwa United
 (Nga)

09.03. 15:00 AS Maniema (Drc) USM Alger (Alg)

09.03. 15:00 Berkane (Mar) Club Africain (Tun)

09.03. 15:00 CARA Brazzaville (Con) Ben Guerdane (Tun)

09.03. 15:00 Costa do Sol (Moz) Cape Town City (Rsa)

09.03. 15:00 CR Belouizdad (Alg) Nkana (Zam)

09.03. 15:00 Djoliba (Mli) APR (Rwa)

09.03. 15:00 Energie Sports (Ben) Enyimba (Nga)

09.03. 15:00 La Mancha (Con) Ahli Shendi (Sud)

09.03. 15:00 Motema Pembe (Drc) Deportivo Niefang (Gnq)

09.03. 15:00 Olympique Star (Bur) Hilal El Obied (Sud)

09.03. 15:00 Petro Atletico (Ang) Supersport Utd (Rsa)

09.03. 15:00 Port Louis (Mau) Fosa Juniors (Mad)

09.03. 15:00 Raja Casablanca (Mar) Nouadhibou (Mau)

09.03. 15:00 Simba (Tan) El Masry (Egy)

09.03. 15:00 Welayta Dicha (Eth) Zamalek (Egy)

16.03. 15:00 Ahli Shendi (Sud) La Mancha (Con)

RETURN LEG
16.03. 15:00 Akwa United (Nga) Al-Ittihad (Lib)

16.03. 15:00 APR (Rwa) Djoliba (Mli)

16.03. 15:00 Ben Guerdane (Tun) CARA Brazzaville (Con)

16.03. 15:00 Cape Town City (Rsa) Costa do Sol (Moz)

16.03. 15:00 Club Africain (Tun) Berkane (Mar)

16.03. 15:00 Deportivo Niefang (Gnq) Motema Pembe (Drc)

16.03. 15:00 El Masry (Egy) Simba (Tan)

16.03. 15:00 Enyimba (Nga) Energie Sports (Ben)

16.03. 15:00 Fosa Juniors (Mad) Port Louis (Mau)

16.03. 15:00 Hilal El Obied (Sud) Olympique Star (Bur)

16.03. 15:00 Nkana (Zam) CR Belouizdad (Alg)

16.03. 15:00 Nouadhibou (Mau) Raja Casablanca (Mar)

16.03. 15:00 Supersport Utd (Rsa) Petro Atletico (Ang)

16.03. 15:00 USM Alger (Alg) AS Maniema (Drc)

16.03. 15:00 Zamalek (Egy) Welayta Dicha (Eth)

CAF Champions League First Round Fixtures

FIRST LEG
24.02. 17:30 Armed Forces (Gam) Zanaco (Zam)

Final
10.03. 15:00 Aduana Stars (Gha) ES Setif (Alg)

10.03. 15:00 Al Ahly (Egy) CF Mounana (Gab)

10.03. 15:00 AS Togo-Port (Tog) Al-Hilal Omdurman (Sud)

10.03. 15:00 Difaa El Jadidi (Mar) AS Vita Club (Drc)

10.03. 15:00 Etoile Sahel (Tun) Plateau United (Nga)

10.03. 15:00 Gor Mahia (Ken) Esperance Tunis (Tun)

10.03. 15:00 Horoya (Gui) Generation F. (Sen)

10.03. 15:00 Mazembe (Drc) UD Songo (Moz)

10.03. 15:00 MFM FC (Nga) MC Alger (Alg)

10.03. 15:00 Primeiro de Agosto (Ang)
 Bidvest Wits (Rsa)

10.03. 15:00 Rayon Sport (Rwa) Mamelodi Sundowns (Rsa)

10.03. 15:00 St. George (Eth) Kampala City (Uga)

10.03. 15:00 Wydad (Mar) WAC (Ivo)

10.03. 15:00 Young Africans (Tan) Township Rollers (Bot)

10.03. 15:00 ZESCO (Zam) ASEC Mimosas (Ivo)

17.03. 15:00 Al-Hilal Omdurman (Sud) AS Togo-Port (Tog)

17.03. 15:00 AS Vita Club (Drc) Difaa El Jadidi (Mar)

17.03. 15:00 ASEC Mimosas (Ivo) ZESCO (Zam)

17.03. 15:00 Bidvest Wits (Rsa) Primeiro de Agosto (Ang)

17.03. 15:00 CF Mounana (Gab) Al Ahly (Egy)

17.03. 15:00 ES Setif (Alg) Aduana Stars (Gha)

17.03. 15:00 Esperance Tunis (Tun) Gor Mahia (Ken)

17.03. 15:00 Generation F. (Sen) Horoya (Gui)

17.03. 15:00 Kampala City (Uga) St. George (Eth)

17.03. 15:00 Mamelodi Sundowns (Rsa) Rayon Sport (Rwa)

17.03. 15:00 MC Alger (Alg) MFM FC (Nga)

17.03. 15:00 Plateau United (Nga) Etoile Sahel (Tun)

17.03. 15:00 Township Rollers (Bot) Young Africans (Tan)

17.03. 15:00 UD Songo (Moz) Mazembe (Drc)

17.03. 15:00 WAC (Ivo) Wydad (Mar)

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Akwa Utd thank Governor Udom, Nigerians for support

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 By Mfon Patrick 

The Management of Akwa United Football Club have expressed appreciation to Nigerians for their prayers and supports which they say helped a great deal in their qualification to the First Round of the CAF Confederation Cup competition on Wednesday in Banjul.

Speaking after the team’s victory against Hawks FC in Banjul, Chairman of the club Elder Paul Bassey expressed gratitude, first to God and to Nigerians for standing by the team despite the first leg lost in Uyo.

Elder Bassey was particularly grateful to Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State for his massive support and trust in the team even during the most difficult times.

” His Excellency Governor Udom Emmanuel is a football lover who believes that hard work and dedication are the keys to success.

” His Excellency’s love and support for the beautiful game has been massive and that support was instrumental in Super Eagles qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

” The Governor’s encouragement has been the motivating factor behind our qualification and we are really grateful to him and the good people of the state for this show of love”.

The Club Boss also extended appreciation to the Honourable Commissioner for Youths and Sports Sir Monday Ebong Uko for always motivating the team to push for success on all fronts.

Also acknowledged was the Nigerian Ambassador to the Gambia His Excellency Oluwasegun Ibidapo-Obe and his staff for coming round to identify with the team and being physically present during the match.

Elder Bassey appreciated all the calls and messages from football administrators, fans and the media community including that of the LMC Chairman Mallam Shehu Dikko whom he said encouraged the team enroute victory.

“We wish to say a big thank you to football administrators, all our fans, supporters, and the media community who believed and stood by us despite the first leg defeat at home.

” When we received the good news that Plateau United and MFM had qualified, we knew that we had to win and we reacted positively by keeping the Nigerian flag flying in the continent.

“The level of support we received from Nigerians before the game was awesome and we thank the Almighty God who made it possible”.

The Club Chairman heaped praises on the team’s technical crew, the players and staff of the club whom he described as dedicated and determined sets of professionals he has ever worked with in Nigerian Club football environment.

Akwa United’s 3-2 aggregate win over Hawks FC will see them battle Al-Ittihad of Lybia in the First Round of CAF Confederation Cup competition next month.

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Akwa Utd Roast Hawks in Banjul, advance to CAF Confederation Cup First Round

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By Mfon Patrick (Akwa) 
Akwa United produced a blistering performance in the second leg of their CAF Confederation Cup Preliminary Round match to beat Hawks FC of Banjul 0-2 and qualify to the first round on Wednesday.
Cyril Olisema scored in each half to hand the Promise Keepers a famous victory as they overturn a 1-2 deficit to qualify to the first round on a 3-2 aggregate score.
Akwa United went into the match needing to win by two clear goals after losing the first leg at home 1-2 to the Gambians.
Coach Abdu Maikaba presented the same team that lost in Uyo and got the needed result which helped them to advance to the first round of the competition for the first time in their 20 year history.
The Uyo based side dominated their opponents and enjoyed greater percentage of the ball throughout the  match in what was a near flawless performance.
 
Akwa United had their first real chance to go in front in the 20th minute after Aniekeme Asuquo’s cross was handled by Antou Badjan in the box.
The referee pointed to the spot. Denis Nya stepped up and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way but his spot kick hit the post.
In the 31st minute, Victor Mbaoma received a pass in the Hawks box but his goal bound drive was cleared off the goal line by Antou Badjan.
Five minutes later, Cyril Olisema benefitted from a loose ball on the edge of Hawks box and calmly beat Adama Gassama to score and give his team a deserved lead at half time.
Few seconds after the restart, Kelly Kester robbed Omar Sarr of the ball in the midfield and located Olisema who volleyed home from 30 yards to secure his team’s second round passage.
The Promise Keepers will next engage Libyan side Al Ittihad in March.
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Profile of "CYRIL OLISEMA" CAF Confederations Cup – Qualification match winner who slot home two goals for AKWA UNITED against HAWKS of Gambia

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NAME: OLISEMA CYRIL CHINEDU
CLUB: AKWA UNITED
POSITION: ATTACKING MIDFIELDER
JERSEY NUMBER: 26
 STATE OF ORIGIN: DELTA STATE
NICKNAME: OBODO
 HEIGHT: 1.57
 PREVIOUS CLUBS: GOMBE UNITED, IKORODU UNITED
 FAVORITE CLUB: CHELSEA
ROLE MODEL: LUKA MODRIC

FAVORITE PLAYER: CRISTIANO RONALDO
DOMINANT FOOT: RIGHT
FAVORITE FOOD: BANGA SOUP WITH FRESH FISH
HOBBIES: LISTENING TO JOKES AND PLAYING VIDEO GAMES
TOUGHEST PLAYER FACED: KENNEDY YOUNG OBIOKOR
GOALS: TO PLAY IN THE NATIONAL TEAM AND ALSO AN EUROPEAN CLUB…

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BREAKING: Former Enyimba Captain Dies in Car Accident

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Former Enyimba captain and Kano Pillars defender, Chinedu Udoji is dead!

It was gathered that Udoji who played in Sunday’s crunch NPFL clash against his former club which ended in stalemate lost his life after he was involved in a ghastly accident on his way back home.

Enyimba his former club and many others have already sent their condolences to the committed and hardworking defender.

We are distraught at the news of the passing of club legend and former captain, Chinedu Udoji. Our commiserations are with his family at this time.

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