Jubilant supporters of Akwa United FC on Sunday in Lagos took to the streets of Agege and its environs to celebrate their team’s victory over Niger Tornadoes in the AITEO finals.
The supporters had immediately after the match, took over the streets gleefully dancing, singing and blowing their trumpets to savour the epic win over the Northern opposition, who gave them a run for their money.
Akwa United emerged winners of the maiden AITEO Cup in the finals played at Agege Township Stadium.
The Abdul Makaiba-tutored team laboured to a 3-2 penalty shootout win over Niger Tornadoes in the Nigeria’s oldest cup after the regulation time ended in a deadlock.
Gov. Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom had led an unprecedented crowd to cheer their darling team to victory at the 2017 AITEO Cup, formerly Federation Cup.
The recent win by Akwa United marked the second time the club will clinch the cup having won it in 2015.
Akwa United went home with N25 million prize and will be representing Nigeria in the CAF Confederation Cup.
Niger Tornadoes runners-up, who defeated defending champions, FC Ifeanyi Ubah are also N10 million richer.
Speaking with NAN, a supporter, Ifem Eden, described the team’s victory over Niger Tornadoes as a well deserved one.
“This is a tough game for us which we need to celebrate. We are happy with the kind of support we get from our governor.
“We are very pleased with the win and the support we got from the Lagos fans,” he said.
Another supporter, Godson Emmanuel, said with the victory the team had made a statement in Nigeria’s football.
“This is our second win in the space of two years and we are happy; the support from Lagos fans is tremendous, maybe our people here must have prepared the ground for us.”