AITEO Sponsorship: Okon wary of Fed Cup gang up against his Angels

Rivers Angels technical adviser, Edwin Okon wants the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to uphold fairness and justice during the 2017 Federation Cup.

The Federation on Wednesday announced a multi-million naira partnership with the Aiteo group for its Federation Cup for the next five years. The partnership will see the tournament renamed AITEO Cup with N35 million ($112,000) up for grabs for winners in the two categories.

The winners of the men’s tournament is expected to take home 25 million ($80,000) while the winners of the women’s tournament will be rewarded with 10 million naira ($32,000).

Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt won the competition last year in Lagos and Okon, head of their technical crew, fears that the huge prize money will cause other teams to utilize dubious means in wanting to eliminate his team from the competition and as such the Federation Cup, now AITEO Cup, deserves proper monitoring.

“We just have to watch the gang up against Rivers Angels. If the organizers want to see the best of the tournament they should follow it up,” Okon told Ladiesmarch after his team’s NWFL Match Day 8 fixture against Heartland Queens in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

“I will suggest that assessors should be sent to each of the match venues. The organizers have a say on the matches and have the power to decide on a game to be replayed if it doesn’t go the right way. If they don’t follow it up, then we are in for drama.”

Okon, five-time Federation Cup winner with the Jewel of Rivers says he has experienced some of the challenges that affects the annual competition in the past and therefore wants the organizers to adhere to his advice which he believes would go a long way in providing a level playing field for all the teams.

“I was privileged to give the board an advice and I told them they should follow up the matches because some people will be determined to stop Rivers Angels from retaining the title,” alleged the former Super Falcons coach.

In a related development, Okon also reflected on how match officials have been drafted for his team’s league games, stressing that the continuous use of the same referee for his team’s games is ridiculous.

“Same referee that officiates your game in Delta is the same referee that will officiate your game in Lagos, who is responsible for that?”

“I have reported to the league body to check their list for the referees attached to the teams. Like a particular referee I know, she has officiated five of our eight games played this season, I don’t know the rationale behind it and I wonder if she is the only referee in the league or some people  just want to bring the league down,” bemoaned Okon.

Rivers Angels, winners of 1 million naira ($3,2000) for their victory against Bayelsa Queens in the 2016 Federation Cup Final in Lagos, will go into the 2017 draws as defending Champions.

The draw which is slated in a fortnight at the NFF Glass House will see 64 teams in with a chance to be the inaugural winners of the AITEO Cup.



Queen John
Queen John hails from Yala Local Government Area in Cross River State but was born and bred in Lagos, Nigeria. I have always wanted to be a broadcaster despite studying Genetics & Biotechnology at the University of Calabar but never thought of becoming a sport presenter. I loved sports from primary school taking part in athletics and football .It became my hobby, watching and following football games played locally and internationally. I would rather watch a 90minute game than watch a movie or hang out with friends. My female friends criticized me, because they felt football is not for girls and saw it as “weird” but that never stopped me rather it encouraged me. My journey started in August 2013 when I came to visit my cousin in Port Harcourt. Fortunately, Today 95.1 Fm was conducting an audition which I came for, and was selected. This was after I made the decision to build on my hobby as a career rather than entertainment that was earlier planned. After few minutes of discussion with the head of sport and media officer of Dolphins Fc, China Acheru, I started work the next day by watching a Nigeria Premier league game at the Liberation stadium, Port Harcourt. Though started as an analyst and reporter, I developed to be a presenter few months later. I am an avid follower of Rob Wotton, Harley Mcqueen and Kate Abdo all of Sky sports and John Dykes, the Barclays Premier League presenter. Queen John is stylish, a lover of motor racing (F1), and women football

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