Aiteo Cup

Duke Udi looking to surpass personal record as Sunshine Stars host Akwa Utd

The head coach of Sunshine Stars Duke Udi is keen on reaching the final of the Aiteo Cup when his side face Akwa United at the Dipo Dina International Stadium, Ijebu Ode on Saturday in the first leg of the clash.

Udi’s men overcame his former club Osun United in the quarter-finals after a controversial second leg game in their adopted home ground, while Akwa Utd eliminated Katsina United Feeders with a lopsided score on aggregate.

The 41-year-old coach has boasted of his team’s preparedness ahead of the first leg against the 2015 Federation Cup winners.

“Of course, if you want to be champions you must be ready to confront the best. We are damn prepared to face Akwa United,” Udi told SuperSport.

“We do not fear any side, Akwa United inclusive. They have gone past four stiff matches to get to the semis. We, too have equally gone past four previous opponents so both sides are evenly matched to go into the semifinals clash.

“Akwa United are a good side. we are also a good side so the clash is outright the battle of the best sides and I strongly believe we will have a convincing head start in the two-legged encounter on Saturday in Ijebu Ode.

“We are ready for them and the clash is sure going to be entertaining and interesting as well.

“I’m into my third Aiteo Cup semifinals with different sides and I would like this particular one with Sunshine Stars to count positively.”

The second leg game will be played on Wednesday, October 4 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, while the winners over the two legs will play the winners of the second semi-final between FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Niger Tornadoes.




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