Aiteo Cup: Rangers, Enyimba crash out on day of upsets

Aiteo Cup: Rangers, Enyimba crash out on day of upsets

Defending Aiteo Cup champions Rangers International and recently crowned league champions Enyimba were two of the biggest casualties on a day of upsets in the round of 32 games decided on Wednesday.

Indeed there were no upsets in the round of 64 games decided last weekend but there were a flurry of them on Wednesday with no fewer than eight Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) sides eliminated.

While Rangers were defeated by their bogey side Lobi Stars, Enyimba bowed out to Smart City FC, a team three divisions lower than them while 2017 champions Akwa United, Wikki Tourists, Delta Force, Sunshine Stars, Nasarawa United and Katsina United also crashed out on Wednesday

Striker Michael Stephen scored early in both halves for Lobi Stars as they wrapped up a convincing 2-0 win over Rangers in Minna while Enyimba drew level twice but eventually lost 3-2 to Lagos champions Smart City in Benin City.

2016 beaten finalists Nasarawa United were eliminated by their state rivals Aklosendi. The NNL side ran out 1-0 winners while another NPFL side Sunshine Stars lost by the same scoreline to lower division side EFCC.

Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim missed the decisive penalty as NLO side Cynosure FC beat Delta Force 11-10 on penalties in Port Harcourt. Full time ended 0-0 and all prior twenty spot kicks by outfield players were converted before Agbim’s miss.

In an all-NPFL clash in Enugu, Rivers United trounced neighbours Akwa United. Midfielder Kehinde Adedipe’s first half strike was followed by second half goals by winger Bright Onyedikachi and forward Ossy Martins as the Promise Keepers went crashing down at the Cathedral.

Abia Warriors defeated Gateway FC 2-0, NNL side Shooting Stars spanked Katsina United 2-0 in Abuja while Niger Tornadoes were 1-0 winners over fellow-relegated side Gombe United in Lafia.

Aiteo Cup Round of 32 results

Smart City 3-2 Enyimba FC
EFCC FC 1-0 Sunshine Stars
Aklosendi 1-0 Nasarawa United
Ambassador 0-1 Warri Wolves
Gateway 0-2 Abia Warriors
Rivers United 3-0 Akwa United
Lobi Stars 2-0 Rangers International
Shooting Stars 2-0 Katsina United
Kwara United 1-1 Crown FC (Kwara win 5-3 on penalties)
Ekiti United 2-4 Bendel Insurance
Gombe United 0-1 Niger Tornadoes
Delta Force 0-0 Cynosure (Cynosure win 10-11 on penalties)
Calabar Rovers 1-1 Wikki Tourists (Rovers win 4-2 on penalties)
El-Kanemi Warriors W/O Port Harcourt City Academy

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