Niger Tornadoes coach Abubakar Bala has vowed his team will fight to finish in tomorrow’s Aiteo Cup final even though they are the underdogs against Akwa United.
Tornadoes barely escaped relegation from the NPFL this past season, but they have enjoyed a super run in the cup competition which has seen them see off league champions Plateau United as well as cup holders FC Ifeanyiubah on their way to the final.
The Minna outfit won the 2000 edition of the cup competition, while Akwa United clinched that major piece of silverware two years ago.
Coach Abubakar Bala told scorenigeria.com.ng: “We are ready for the task ahead. Nobody gave us the chance to go as far as this final, but we made it.
“We respect our opponents a lot, but we are also a side to reckon with as far as football in this country is concerned, so it is going to be a battle to the finish.
“My players know what it means to play at this stage of the competition. I have already talked to them and we are all good to go.
“The boys are willing to make a name for themselves and apart from that they know that winning the Aiteo Cup we earn them the ticket to play on the continent.”
The Aiteo Cup final is scheduled to take place tomorrow from 5pm at the 5,000-capacity Agege Stadium in Lagos with the cup winners grabbing a cash prize of 25 million Naira.
The winners will also feature in next year’s CAF Confederation Cup.
By Wale Oyekanmi