Agege Stadium in Lagos will host the 2019 Aiteo Cup semi final between Niger Tornadoes and Rivers United on Thursday.
With kickoff scheduled for 3pm local time, Thursday’s contest exemplifies the classic winner-takes-it-all clash as the victor will very likely have more than bragging rights to show if success is secured at the Center of Excellence.
Niger Tornadoes had a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season to forget, as the Minna club suffered relegation to the second tier of Nigerian football after finishing in 11th place in Group A of the abridged NPFL season with 21 points from 22 matches.
The records show that statistically, Rivers United is the strongest team still left in the competition.
United have not conceded any goals as they stormed into the semis in confident fashion.
Abiodun Akande, the standout goalkeeper in this year’s competition marshals his defence like a frenzied General in the heat of battle.
His jaw dropping saves in the round of 32 versus Akwa United in Enugu and Lobi Stars, in the tight quarter final in Ijebu-Ode will be talked about for many years to come.
Winner of the encounter qualifies for the final and a chance to play at the CAF Confederation Cup if they lift the trophy.