Rivers United Football Club of Port Harcourt defeated Sokoto United in the second round of the Aiteo Cup in Lafia, Nasarawa State.
The match which took place at the Lafia City Stadium by 1pm on Wednesday 7th July, 2021.
Goals from Paul Acquah’ and Ishaq Kayode were all Rivers United needed to see off a spirited Sokoto United, eventually securing a 2-1 victory in an AITEO Cup 2nd round tie at the Lafia City Stadium on Wednesday.
On a very hot afternoon at the Lafia City Stadium, it was Paul Acquah who made the precious first breakthrough when in the 38th minutes he finished off a tantalising move initiated by Godwin Aguda to give the “Pride of Rivers” a well deserved lead going into the break.
Sokoto United came back stronger after the interval and their effort yielded fruits when they drew level against the run of play in the 58th minute.
Substitute Ishaq Kayode ensured victory for Rivers United in the 71st minutes when he rifled in a low shot from a free kick.
After the 2-1 win over Sokoto United in Lafia, Rivers United Technical Adviser Stanley Eguma faced the media and he outlined his satisfaction around the performance, and also answered questions about the team’s next AITEO Cup game .
With this victory, Rivers United have now set up a round 16 tie against fellow NPFL side Heartland FC. in a yet to be announced date.
Since 2017, the competition has been sponsored by the AITEO group and has been known as the AITEO Cup including the women’s tournament.
Shooting Stars popularly known as 3SC of Ibadan are the most successful clubs, having won the competition eight times, followed by the defunct Lagos Railways with 7 titles, and the Enugu Rangers with six titles.
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Kwara United vs Kebbi United
Enugu Rangers vs Bayelsa United
Warri Wolves vs Green Berets
Sunshine Stars vs Kogi United
Zamfare United vs Abia Warriors
Akwa United vs Gateway United
Wikki Tourists vs Osun United
Ekiti United vs Heartland fc
Plateau United vs Jigawa Golden Stars
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