Players and officials of Nationwide Division 1 side, Spartan FC of Agege, Lagos are sounding positive and have vowed to play in the final of this year's AITEO Cup (formerly Federation Cup).

A high degree of confidence has been radiating in the camp of Spartan FC since losing the Lagos FA Cup final to NPFL side, MFM.

The club's president, Abdullahi Mikail is cocksure they would play scintillating football and hit their final target of the nation's oldest club competition now being bankrolled by AITEO.

"We are a very determined and united side that have vowed to gain promotion to Nigeria National League and featuring in the AITEO Cup final this year. We are not scared of any big team and we are blessed with a sound coaching crew headed by Musa Abubakar, an ex Flying Eagles captain," began Mikail,who said they are already close to gaining promotion.

"After playing a 1-1 draw with Juvenile FC of Ilaro at away, we are hoping to consolidate our Nationwide League table leadership by winning the remaining few games. As for the AITEO Cup we are set to create upsets and just waiting for the kickoff date," he said.

Mikail poured encomiums on the Nigeria Football Federation for getting a sponsor (AITEO) for the former Federation Cup, noting that teams would be inspired by the largesse being dangled alongside the glory that follows victory.

Besides, the accompanying N25m and N10m for winners and runners'-up, AITEO is also splashing some mouthwatering prizes to teams in different categories.