Two familiar foes will meet up at the Osogbo City Stadium on Wednesday evening in round of 16 of the Aiteo Cup.
Both teams last met in the Nigeria Women Football League two seasons ago with the result ending in favour of the Osogbo based outfit and the Omoluabi Queens will hope to replicate that form on Wednesday.
It promises to be a keenly contested encounter based on the pedigree of both sides, reason why technical crew of Osun Babes FC are leaving no stone un-turned ahead of the round of 16 encounter with the ‘Orange Ladies’
Osun babes handler Liadi Bashiru revealed to naijafootballplus his side face an uphill task in Ibom Angels. Bashiru believes Ibom Angels are a very good and tough opposition who can spring out surprises if not fully contained.
“I expect them to play aggressively and on the counter attacks, because they have very fast players upfront,” said Bashiru.
“Our philosophy and idea is to concentrate fully on the game and win. We have to be strong and make our fans happy. We will be playing just 2 hours before Osun United and we have to win well to give our boys the extra moral and boost to go past El-kanemi Babes easily”
“It is glaring that Ibom Angels have bounced back from their disappointing NWPL season and will give all they have against us in the Aiteo Cup” He said on Osun Babes social media platform.
His counterpart from Ibom Angels, Whyte Ogbonda feels his side will give a good account of themselves on Wednesday and wants his girls to win out-rightly as he hopes for better officiating.
“We are in against a tough side, we have played a couple of times in the past. We want to progress in the Aiteo Cup and a win on Wednesday will do that for us.
“We have prepared so well for this game and we are fully confident ahead of this game as it is the last opportunity for us to win a silverware this season”, he disclosed on Ibom Angels social media platform.
Both teams were drawn bye in round 32 of the Aiteo Cup and will have some of their regulars absent in the tie, because of national team assignment.
The duo of NWPL top-scorer Reuben Charity and Esther Elijah will be absent, as both players are away at Falconets camp ahead of FIFA Women U20 World Cup qualifier against Tanzania’s U20 Ladies at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin on Saturday.