Former Enugu Rangers captain Matthew Etim has tipped the flying antelopes ahead of Kano Pillars to lift the 2018 Aiteo Cup trophy in the final to be played in Asaba, Delta state on Wednesday, October 24 and qualify automatically for the CAF Confederations Cup.
The Enugu based football club defeated Etim’s new club Akwa United in the quarter-final of the competition before coming from two goals down to beat Nasarawa United 4 – 2 in the semi-final played in Kano while Pillars beat Enyimba International in the quarter-final before proceeding to defeat northern rivals Katsina United 4 – 1 on penalties after the game ended 2 – 2 at the end of normal regulation time.
“I know it is going to be a very tough game but if Rangers can keep their heads down, as they did against Akwa United and Nasarawa United, they are going to scale through because if there was any team that gave them a tough time it was Akwa United and also their character when they played against Nasarawa United was top notch so I see them going through,” Etim who captained Rangers International to their first league title in 32 Years back in 2016 insists.
“For Kano Pillars, they are a very good team but I think if Rangers can dominate the midfield, they will become weak. If they are able to hold off the midfield threat of Nzube Anaezemba and Rabiu Ali and stop them from throwing those dangerous passes, they will carry the day,” he added.
Pillars currently present a huge goal threat with NPFL top goal scorer Junior Lokosa in their ranks but the Akwa United veteran defender is confident Lokosa will be caged.