The first round of the oldest football competition in Nigeria, Federation Cup now AITEO cup will kick off 16 August 2017.
According to the Nigeria Football Federation NFF, the AITEO cup will get underway officially on August 16th and the draw for the first round matches will be made on Friday 11th August which will involve 64 teams in a designated venues.
The competition which will be on a knockout basis will have its second round draw on the 18th of August after the first round results have been concluded. While the round of 32 (2nd round) matches holds on August 30th.
The third round draw has already been fixed for August 31st after the completion of the 2nd round of games. The third round matches has been scheduled to go ahead on 13th and 16th October.
Opponents will know who they’ll face for the Quarter final and semi final as the draws will be held on 14th September. Matches for the Quarter finals stage will be played on 20th and 23rd of September. The semi final matches will hold on 27th September and 4th October 2017.
The grand finale of the most coveted and glamorous competition will hold on Monday 2nd October for Women’s category and 8th October for Men’s category.
According to the NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, who is also the secretary of the Organising committee: “From the first round stages, teams would be designated A and B. Team A will have d prerogative to choose the centre for the match against Team B from the pool of designated centres. If the match ends in a stalemate, Team B will now have the prerogative to pick a venue from the designated centres as it’s home for the replay.
“This will apply to all matches from the first round stages as we want to ensure that the most glamorous competition in Nigeria draw the attention of the football lovers in the country”, concluded the NFF scribe.