Rivers Angels attacker Rofiat Sule is hoping to win the AITEO Cup for the first time when her side face Ibom Angels on Wednesday in the final of this year’s tournament.
Sule is in Jos, venue of Wednesday’s final with the Rivers Angels squad but while her team will be aiming to retain the title they won in Lagos last year, she will be hoping to earn her first winners medal after narrowly missing out last year.
She joined Angels before the start of this season from Bayelsa Queens, the side Angels defeated in last year’s final.
“I feel happy to be in the final for the second time in my career,” began Sule to www.aclsports.com “Last year I was with Bayelsa Queens but it was due to hard luck that we lost (on penalties).
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“Now I am with Rivers Angels and I know by tomorrow (Wednesday), we will be crowned winners of AITEO Cup 2017,” she added.
While Ibom Angels will be playing in the final for the first time ever, Rivers Angels have a pretty strong record in the Cup having won six of the last seven editions.
On Wednesday, there is even a bigger incentive as the prize money for the winners, under the new sponsorship of Aiteo Group is the highest the tournament has ever had.
“My team is ready, we are fully prepared, my teammates and I are focused and I know by the grace of God, we will be champions tomorrow,” said Sule.
Rivers Angels are not going into the final in the best possible form. Edwin Okon’s charges faltered badly in the defense of their 2016 league crown and finished bottom of the Women Football League’s Super Four tournament last week.
Sule is putting that behind her.
“The Super Four has come and gone and we are putting that behind us.
“The AITEO Cup is a different ball game and I know with the training our coaches have imparted in us, we’re going to implement it and we will be champions tomorrow,” she emphasized.
Winner of Wednesday’s final between Rivers Angels and Ibom Angels at the Rwang Pam Stadium will take home a princely sum of ten million naira, an unprecedented sum in the history of the competition.