Sunshine Stars head coach Duke Udi has described as evenly matched the Aiteo Cup semifinals clash against former Cup holders Akwa United.
The Owena Waves will host the Promise Keepers in Saturday’s Aiteo Cup semifinals first leg clash at the Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium in Ijebu Ode.
The Akure Landlords overcame the opposition of the Nigeria National League (NNL) side and neighbours Osun United while the Uyo outfit dumped Katsina United Feeders to pave the way for the semis clash.
Udi said the opponents are a good side but his wards are equally good to take care of the opposition’s challenges.
“Of course, if you want to be champions you must be ready to confront the best. We are damn prepared to face Akwa United.
“We do not fear any side, Akwa United inclusive. They have gone past four stiff matches to get to the semis. We, too have equally gone past four previous opponents so both sides are evenly matched to go into the semifinals clash.
“Akwa United are a good side. we are also a good side so the clash is outright the battle of the best sides and I strongly believe we will have a convincing head start in the two-legged encounter on Saturday in Ijebu Ode.
“We are ready for them and the clash is sure going to be entertaining and interesting as well.
“I’m into my third Aiteo Cup semifinals with different sides and I would like this particular one with Sunshine Stars to count positively,” said the former Nigerian star and Osun United coach to supersport.com.
The reverse fixture clash is expected to be held on Wednesday, October 4 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.
The aggregate winners will be primed to square up against the winners of the clash between Niger Tornadoes and Cup holders, FC IfeanyiUbah in the final.