2016 Federation Cup Reviews: How Kano Pillars, MFM crashed out in Round of 32

Kano Pillars


Rivers United 4-0 Kaduna United

Rivers United stormed past a below par Kaduna United at the Aper Aku Stadium to make it to the Federation Cup round of 16 on Wednesday.

The Pride of Rivers bulldozed the Crocodiles from the blast of the whistle with Guy Kuemian netting a brace.

Onyekachi Okafor and Ovoke Bernard were also on song for the Stanley Eguma managed side.

Kano Pillars 1-2 Prime FC

Kano Pillars were bundled out by Prime FC 2-1 at the Lokoja Confluence Stadium.

The Omoluabi Giants were in front in the 28th minute through captain Olabisi Olagunju who headed into the net from a right wing corner kick

Enterprising Lekan Oseolohun doubled the lead via a screamer that caught Pillars goalkeeper Ibrahim Pius napping.

Ifeanyi Mathew scored Pillars consolatory goal via a goal mouth sramble in the 45th minute.

Niger Tornadoes 1 (4)- (5)1 Crown FC

Niger Tornadoes were eliminated from the knockout tournament after succumbing to a 5-4 penalty shootout loss against second-tier side Crown FC.

A late goal from Gbenga Olakekan cancelled out Daniel Jackson’s first half strike.

The Ikon Allah Boys arrived in the Benin City amidst cheerful welcome and excitement from fans at the ancient city but Abubakar Bala’s boys failed to respond to the expectations of fans with a win.

After both sides failed to win before the regulation time petered out, the tie had to be broken from the spot kicks.

Crown goalkeeper Adeniyi Adejare produced two great stops in the shootout as Fatai Osho’s men won 5-3.

Katsina United 1-0 MFM

Katsina United ended MFM FC’s hopes of qualifying to the next round, as Ibrahim Suleiman’s second-half strike sent the Nigeria National League side to the last 16 of the competition.

Wikki Tourists 2-1 Kogi United

A late Festus Umanah helped Wikki Tourists book a round of 16 spot, as they beat Kogi United 2-1.

Wikki opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when he headed home from Umanah’s corner kick.

The boys from Lokoja hit back ten minutes from time when John Jerome scored his 2nd goal in four games this season.

However, the high flyers showed experience as Umanah profited from a defensive howler by the NNL team to tap in.

Bello Kofarmata put his name on the scoresheet in the second half to secure a 1-0 victory for FC Ifeanyi Ubah in a nervy affair against Lobi Stars.

Shooting Stars 3-0 Almar FC

Shooting Stars thrashed Almar FC 3-0 at the Agege Stadium.

A brace from Sunday Adetunji and Joy Olubodun’s strike ensured that the Oluyole Warriors zoomed to the next stage.

Sunshine Stars 1 (4)-(2)1 Abia Comets

Sunshine Stars forced Abia Comets to a 1-1 draw, but eventually came out 4-2 victorious on penalties, while Nasarawa United handed a 1-0 defeat to Go Round FC.

Other results:

Dynamite Force and J’ Atete also breezed through to the next round with the Benin side winning 3-2 against Flash Flamingos, while Atete accounted for amateur outfit Top World 1-0.

Plateau United defeated Dream FC 3-1 and Rangers pipped ABS FC 1-0.

Scheduled fixture between Enyimba and El-Kanemi Warriors was postponed.

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