The final matches were played at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin.

The final curtain has been drawn on the 2021 football season in Nigeria with the finals of the Aiteo Cup.

Bayelsa United and Bayelsa Queens emerged the winners of the Men’s and Women’s 2021 competitions on Sunday.

In the men’s final, Bayelsa United defeated Nasarawa United 4-3 on penalties after the two teams had played out a thrilling 2-2 draw in regulation time.

Before finally being crowned champions on Sunday, Bayelsa United had enjoyed an amazing run in this year’s campaign, upending NPFL teams Rangers International of Enugu, Lobi Stars of Makurdi, and Rivers United of Port Harcourt.

They are thus the first team from Nigeria’s second-tier to win the Cup in 20 years.

The last team to achieve the feat was the Port Harcourt team, Dolphins FC, who thumped El-Kanemi Warriors 2-0 in 2001.

On their part, Nasarawa United’s trophy drought continues as they are without any major silverware since the club’s formation almost two decades ago.

Women’s final

Another Bayelsa team, Bayelsa Queens Football, emerged winners of the women’s competition by defeating FC Robo of Lagos in the final match.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Yenagoa-based Bayelsa Queens defeated FC Robo 4 – 2 to lift the 2021 trophy.