Akwa United were held to a 2-2 draw by Rivers United in a friendly played at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo on Wednesday.
Both teams are preparing for the upcoming 2018 Federation Cup campaign following the abrupt ending of the 2017/18 Nigerian topflight, with the two teams sharing the spoils in a warm-up tie.
The Promise Keepers gained the lead through strikes from Ubong Friday and Micheal Ibe but Yau Hassan and Bernard Ovoke ensured the Pride of Rivers avoided defeat.
In Thursday’s Federation Cup draws, Abdu Maikaba’s men will begin their title with a Round of 64 clash against Hope of Glory FC of Calabar on Sunday, September 9.
On the other hand, Stanley Eguma’s side will start the pursuit for national glory against Gusau Eleven of Zamfara at the same stage on the same day.
The winner of this year’s edition of the oldest football competition in the country will represent the nation in next year’s Caf Confederation Cup.