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Tornadoes happy to be 'underdogs'

Niger Tornadoes captain and goalkeeper Mustapha Aliko says his side is happy to go into the Aiteo Cup final as the 'underdogs'.

The Ikon Allah Boys will challenge Akwa United in Sunday’s Aiteo Cup final at the Agege Township Stadium in Lagos.

The Minna landlords stopped Cup holders FC IfeanyiUbah in the semifinals while the Promise Keepers edged Sunshine Stars to pave the way for an epic final on Sunday.

Aliko promised a clean sheet and expressed his hopes that his side would be able to decide the match within 90 minutes.

“We are clearly the underdogs going into the Aiteo Cup final against the season’s widely acclaimed best team, Akwa United.

“The tag ‘underdogs’ makes us happy as history of the Federation Cup is replete with underdogs coming out strongly to win the coveted trophy.

“We are ready to give Akwa United the toughest challenge of their lives in tomorrow’s (Sunday) final.

“We are here to make ourselves, our family and our supporters happy by going all out to win the Cup title.

“Of course, as the last man in defence I hope to maintain a 100 percent clean sheet.

“Even though we have already perfected the act of penalty taking we still want to decide the game within the official time of 90 minutes.

“We are scoring goals right now so the past wastefulness at goal has been corrected and we will be taking our chances as they come.

“Our message to our fans back home is that we are returning home on Monday with the Aiteo Cup trophy.

“We are not expecting the encounter to be easy, but I believe we have done our homework to help us carry the day,” said the Minna side shot stopper.

Both sides have previously won the oldest and glamorous Federation Cup title though Akwa United are the most recent winner of the two.


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