Akwa United and Rangers International were despatched packing from the 2021 Aiteo Cup by the hands of lower-league opposition after 1-0 defeats to Gateway FC and Bayelsa United, respectively, within the Round of 32 of the distinguished cup competitors.
NPFL leaders Akwa United have misplaced solely 4 instances within the league this season however fell on the first hurdle within the Cup they received in 2017 by the hands of a spirited NNL facet, Gateway FC. Gateway ahead Julius Ikechukwu scored the sport’s solely purpose within the first half as they defended stoutly to finish a exceptional cup upset. They will face one among Osun United or Wikki Tourists within the Round of 16.
Six-time Aiteo Cup winners, Rangers International have been surprised by NNL facet Bayelsa United 1-0 of their Aiteo Cup Round of 32 tie in Ijebu Ode. Victory Beniangba scored the sport’s solely purpose within the first half of the encounter to ship Bayelsa United to a final 16 tie in opposition to Lobi Stars, one other NPFL facet.
Kano Pillars averted a shock after they held off a spirited comeback from Lagos-based non-league facet Smart City FC to win 4-2 and progress to the Round of 16 within the Aiteo Cup. David Ebuka, Joseph Yanki and Aniekeme Okon scored to place Sai Masu Gida 3-0 up earlier than their non-league opposition scored twice to arrange a tense finale. Kano Pillars striker Nyima Nwagua scored within the ninetieth minute to settle the encounter.
Abia Warriors booked their place within the Round of 16 of the Aiteo Cup with a 5-0 thumping of FC Zamfara United. Bello Lukman scored a hat trick and added an help within the sport with Obioma Chukwuemeka and Samuel Christian scoring the opposite objectives.
In different outcomes, Sunshine Stars defeated Kogi United 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 attract regulation time.
NNL facet Green Beret shocked NPFL outfit Warri Wolves 5-4 on penalties after they drew 1-1 in regulation time.
Rivers United defeated Sokoto United 2-1 to progress to the Round of 16 of the Aiteo Cup.
Lobi Stars defeated Yobe Desert Stars 1-0 to guide their Round of 16 ticket.
Heartland defeated Ekiti United on penalties 5-4 after their match ended 0-0 in regulation time.
Niger Tornadoes FC defeated Mai Anguwa FC 2-0 to progress to the Round of 16 of the event.
Katsina United averted an upset once they defeated El Kanemi Warriors 5-3 on penalties after a goalless draw between the edges.