Bayelsa United and Rivers United will come face to face at the semi-final stage of the 2021 Aiteo Cup to continue an age long rivalry despite being next door neighbours.
Both teams will trade tackles on Friday, July 30, at the Agege Township Stadium in Lagos while Akure-based side, Sunshine Stars will battle top shape Nasarawa United at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja in Kogi State.
To get to the semi-final, Bayelsa United, desirous of playing continental football next season, sent Gateway United packing from the competition courtesy of a 5-4 penalty win after regulation time ended 1-1.
The Coach Dipreye Teibowei boys took the lead in the 59th minute from James Emo’s perfectly placed header, while Julius Ikechukwu grabbed the equaliser with a well-taken left-footed shot in the tense game played inside the Ilorin Township Stadium in Kwara State.
On the other hand, Sunshine Stars dumped holders Kano Pillars out of the competition with a 1-0 goal win scored by Sadeeq Yusuf in the 48th minute to set up a semi final date with Nasarawa United.
The Akure-based side had held on for a famous win against Pillars, despite a late charge from the defending champions.
In the other quarter-final fixture, teenage sensation, Silas Nwankwo’s 45th-minute strike was all Nasarawa United needed to edge Gombe United out of the tournament.
Also, Rivers United qualified for the semi-final after they ended Niger Tornadoes’ dream of a place in the last 4 with a stoppage-time goal from striker Fortune Omoniwari in the 92nd minute.
The winner of the Aiteo Cup will be awarded a slot in the 2021/22 CAF Confederation Cup.
Meanwhile fans of Bayelsa United have again stated that with the team’s current form, the Aiteo cup is within reach and urged the boys to go for glory against Rivers United to confirm their superiority.
A fan of the team, Pere Joshua said with just two games to go, “the Aiteo cup is coming home and charged the state government and the team’s management to give them all they need and also boost their morale with cash incentives”.