Do you know the past winners of the Aiteo Cup?

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The AITEO Cup (formerly Women Challenge Cup and Federations Cup) is a cup competition in Nigeria. Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt have won the most titles.

The tournament along with Nigeria Women Premier League are the two recognized competition for women football organized by the Nigeria Football Federation.

The finals are usually played at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos State.

In June 2017, the Nigeria Football Federation finalized a five year deal with AITEO Group for the naming rights of the competition. The deal will have the winners and runnerup get ₦10,000,000 and ₦5,000,000 respectively annually.

Enugu Rangers are five –time winners of the AITEO Cup under its previous names of Challenge Cup and FA Cup, have not taken home the most glamorous diadem in the land since beating DIC Bees of Kaduna on penalties inside the National Stadium, Lagos 35 years ago.

The lines from above may just inspire the boys from Enugu, as it can be recalled that the team made good in the elite League two years ago after waiting for 32 years.

Yet, Kano Pillars would not be push –overs in any way. As Pillars, they would be aiming to take home the title for the first time, after losing to El-Kanemi Warriors 2-3 in the 1991 final played also at the National Stadium, Lagos. Though, a team styled Kano XI became the first team from the northern part of the country to win the Cup after defeating Lagos Dynamos 2-1 at the Association Ground 65 years ago.

It would then take another 36 years for another team from the northern sector to triumph, when BCC Lions – coached by Amodu Shaibu of blessed memory – shocked Iwuanyanwu Nationale by the odd goal at the Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi in 1989.

 

AITEO CUP: PAST FINALS 

 GOVERNOR’S CUP

    1945: Marine  1-0  Corinthians

    1946: Lagos Railways 3-1 Port Harcourt FC

    1947: Lagos Marine 3-1 Lagos Railways

    1948: Lagos Railways 1-0 Warri XI

    1949: Lagos Railways 3-0 Port Harcourt FC

    1950: Lagos UAC 3-2 Port Harcourt FC

    1951: Lagos Railways 3-2 Mighty Jets 

    1952: PAN Bank 6-0 Warri 

    1953: Kano XI 2-1 Lagos Dynamos

FA CUP

    1954: Calabar 3-0 Kano XI  

    1955: Port Harcourt FC 4-1 Warri

    1956: Lagos Railways 3-1 Warri

    1957: Lagos Railways 5-1 Zaria

    1958: Port Harcourt FC 6-0 Federal United

    1959: Ibadan Lions 1-0 Police

CHALLENGE CUP

    1960: Lagos ECN 5-2 Ibadan Lions

    1961: Ibadan Lions 1-0 Lagos UAC

    1962: Police 1-0 Mighty Jets 

    1963: Port Harcourt FC 1-0 Mighty Jets 

    1964: Lagos Railways 3-1 Mighty Jets 

    1965: Lagos ECN 3-1 Mighty Jets 

    1966: Ibadan Lions W/O Mighty Jets 

    1967: Stationery Stores 3-1 Mighty Jets 

    1968: Stationery Stores 3-1 Warri

    1969: Ibadan Lions 5-1 Warri

    1970: Lagos ECN 3-1 Mighty Jets 

    1971: WNDC Ibadan 2-1 Enugu Rangers

    1972: Bendel Insurance 3-2 Mighty Jets 

    1973: -All Africa Games

    1974: Enugu Rangers 2-0 Mighty Jets 

    1975: Enugu Rangers 1-0 Shooting Stars 

    1976: Enugu Rangers 2-0 Alyufsalam Rocks 

    1977: Shooting Stars 2-0 Raccah Rovers 

    1978: Bendel Insurance 3-0 Enugu Rangers

    1979: Shooting Stars 2-0 Sharks FC 

    1980: Bendel Insurance 1-0 Stationery Stores 

    1981: Enugu Rangers 2-0 Bendel Insurance 

    1982: Stationery Stores 4-1 Niger Tornadoes 

    1983: Enugu Rangers 0-0 DIC Bees 

*Rangers won 5-4 on penalty shootout

    1984: Leventis United 1-0 Abiola Babes 

    1985: Abiola Babes 0-0 BCC Lions 

*Abiola Babes won 6 – 5 on penalty shootout

    1986: Leventis United 1-0 Abiola Babes 

    1987: Abiola Babes 1-1 Ranchers Bees

*Abiola Babes won 7-6 on penalty shootout

1988: Iwuanyanwu 3-0 Flash Flamingoes

    1989: BCC Lions 1-0 Iwuanyanwu 

1990 Stationery Stores 0-0 Enugu Rangers

*Stores won 5-4 on penalty shootout

1991: El-Kanemi Warriors 3-2 Kano Pillars FC

    1992: El-Kanemi 1-0 Stationery Stores 

    1993: BCC Lions 1-0 Plateau United 

    1994: BCC Lions 1-0 Julius Berger FC 

    1995: Shooting Stars 2-0 Katsina United

    1996: Julius Berger 1-0 Katsina United

    1997: BCC Lions 1-0 Katsina United

    1998: Wikki Tourists 0-0 Plateau United 

    1999: Plateau United 1-0 Iwuanyanwu 

    2000: Tornadoes 1-0 Rangers

    2001: Dolphins FC  2-0 El-Kanemi

    2002: Julius Berger 3-0 Yobe Stars 

    2003: Lobi Stars 2-0 Sharks FC 

    2004: Dolphins FC 1-0 Enugu Rangers

    2005: Enyimba 1-1 Lobi Stars 

*Enyimba won 6-5 on penalty shootout

    2006: Dolphins FC 2-2 Bendel Insurance 

*Dolphin won 5-3 on penalty shootout 

    2007: Dolphins FC  1-1 Enugu Rangers 

* Dolphin won 3-2 on penalty shootout

    2008: Ocean Boys 2-2 Gombe United

* Ocean Boys won 7-6 on penalty shootout

FEDERATION CUP

2009: Enyimba 1-0 Sharks FC 

2010: Kaduna United 3-3 Enyimba

* Kaduna United won 3-2 on penalty shootout

2011: Heartland 1-0 Enyimba

2012: Heartland 2-1 Lobi Stars

2013 Enyimba 2-2 Warri Wolves     

*Enyimba won 5-4 on penalty shootout

2014: Enyimba 2-1 Dolphins FC

2015: Akwa United 2-1 Lobi Stars                               

2016: FC IfeanyiUbah 0-0 Nassarawa United 

*FC IfeanyiUbah won 5-4 on penalty shootout

2017: Akwa United 0-0 Niger Tornadoes

*Akwa United won 3-2 on penalties 

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