Rangers midfielder Kelvin Itoya, Says his side want to win the Aiteo cup final the for Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as an appreciation of his support towards the team.
Rangers defeated Cup holders Akwa United 2016 finalists Nasarawa United to set up a mouthwatering final with Kano Pillars who also outclassed 2018 CAF Confederation Cup semi-finalists Enyimba International and Katsina United in the quarter and semi-final respectively.
However, Itoya, in an exclusive interview told Brila.net’s Oluwaseyi Alao that nothing will stand on their way, as they are ready to win the trophy for their sport-loving Governor and the people of the State.
“Getting to the final of the Aiteo cup is not a fluke, we worked hard for it, knowing fully well it’s the only chance we have to give something back to the governor, who has been supporting the team, as players welfare is concerned”.
The Former Warri Wolves winger also praised coach Gbenga Ogunbote for how unit the team and make them to discover their hunger to succeed at the club again following the recent abysmal performances especially after winning the NPFL title in 2016 which led to the departure of Imama Amakapabo and his replacement Chukwuma Agbo.
“We cannot undermine the power and influence of Coach Gbenga Ogunbote in the team. He’s our first leader, it’s easy to play for him because of the support and trust he has in the players. We can’t help it than to give our all to the man who has returned the club to another major final”.
The Flying Antelope winger, dismissed the threat posed by Kano Pillars side who has 2018 NPFL season top scorer Junior Lokosa and CHAN Eagles Captain Rabiu Ali on their rank, saying Rangers has the quality to add the Sai Masu Gida to the list of Aiteo cup casualties.
“We are not afraid of Kano Pillars. Akwa United are good attacking side and we stopped them. So we have qualities in the team to beat Pillars”.
The final will be played at Stephen Keshi stadium in Asaba and winner will represent Nigeria in the CAF Confederations Cup next season.