Former champions Rivers United were dumped out of Nigeria’s oldest cup competition AITEO Cup in the biggest upset of the round of 64 matches decided on Wednesday.
Playing at home at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt, United who at a stage this season campaigned in CAF Confederation Cup bowed out to Julius Atete FC on penalties. Atete, a team in Nigeria’s 3rd tier football division held Rivers scoreless for ninety minutes before winning 7-6 in the shoot out.
Both teams converted their first five spot kicks before Abraham Ovmiomoduwho converted after Rivers left back Zoumana Doumbia hit the cross bar with his attempt.
2014 Champions Enyimba also bowed out on Wednesday to fellow Premier League side ABS, a team they trashed 3-0 in the league on Sunday. Samuel Oyedeji’s early penalty and Abubakar Chindo’s header condemned Enyimba to an early elimination.
NPFL league leaders Plateau United continued their impressive form in a 2-1 victory at Wikki Tourists in Bauchi. Anayor Ogbonna and Kabiru Umar scored the goals for the Peace Boys.
Other NPFL sides Sunshine Stars and reigning champions FC Ifeanyiubah secured away victories over lower league sides. Sunshine beat Mighty Jets 2-1 in Jos while FC Ifeanyiubah beat Yarmalight by the same scoreline in Gombe.
Bayelsa United walked over Zamfara United in Nembe while the game between Kogi United and Rangers was abandoned.
Draws for the Round of 32 will hold on Friday with the games slated to hold next Wednesday.
Moreyo Fc 0-2 Akwa Starlets
Abia Warriors 1-0 Crown FC
Shooting Stars 3-1 Dynamite FC
Katsina United Feeders 1-0 Aklosendi
Ede United Fc 2-0 Sakaba United
Almar Fc 0 -0 Spartan Fc
(Almar won 4-2 on penalties)
Heartland 0️-0️ Bendel Insurance
(Heartland won 5-4 on Penalties)
Ekiti United 3-2 Dolphins.