Round of 64: Pillars, Akwa Utd, Gombe Utd goes home as Enyimba, Heartland goes through in Federation Cup

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Akwa United, Kaduna United and Kano Pillars were kicked out of the Federation Cup in the round of 64 games played on Thursday across the country.

Enyimba FC
Enyimba FC

The Promise Keepers went down to FC Abuja 2-1 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu. Troubled Kaduna United got bundled out of the competition by non league sides Leopard FC of Cross Rivers who walked them over in a tie slated for Chief Emmanuel Akume Atongo Stadium in Katsina Ala.

Kaduna United’s general manager Garuba Lawal confirmed that he got the information that the Crocodiles had been walked over for lateness to the venue of the match but stressed that he was yet to get full details of what transpired.

At the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja, Kano Pillars lost to Gateway United. Pillars got stunned 2-1 despite taking the lead in the 35th minute. Goals fromFrancis Olanrewaju and Opeyemi Oluwafemi in the 44th and 84th minutes turned the game in favour of Gateway United.

Sunshine Stars also fell to the superior firepower of Bendel Insurance in a Federation Cup tie played at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna. The game ended 0-1 in favour of the former winners of the competition.

Meanwhile, 3SC of Ibadan, Enugu Rangers and Lobi Stars were among the big teams remaining in the competition after they strolled to the next round of the Federation Cup after comfortable victories over their
opponents on Thursday.

The Oluyole Warriors won 2-0 against Dalhatu FC at the Fifa Goal Project pitch in Abuja with goals from Taofeek Adepoju and Femi Ojo in the 23rd and 51st minutes.

Rangers also qualified for the next round after a 2-0 triumph over Ikpeazu Redoubtable courtesy of Osagona Ighodalor’s brace in the fifth and 50th minutes at the Umuahia Township Stadium, Umuahia.

Federation Cup defending champions Enyimba, Heartland and Sharks FC have secured a place in the next round of the competition’s round of 32 after emerging victorious in their round of 64 games played on Wednesday.

Earlier on Wednesday, Heartland defeated Ebonyi United on penalties to nick a place in the next stage of the tournament in the game played in Aba.

Happy Okuoka shot the Naze Millionaires into the lead before the team from Ebonyi State pegged them back with the equaliser before the end of the encounter. The game ended a goal apiece at the end of regulation time before Heartland triumphed 4-3 on penalties.

Enyimba on their own part came from a goal down before beating Sokoto North 3-1 at the Fifa Goal Project pitch in Abuja. The Aba Millionaire got their goals through John Uche, Abdulrahman Bashir and Bobby Sokari.

Sharks also advanced to the next round at the expense of Kwara United after another shootout victory in Benin City. With an early exit starring in the face of the Blue Angels, Christian Pyagbara levelled scored the equaliser which forced the game into penalty shootout that saw the Afonja Warriors crash out.

Plateau United, Nembe City, Apa United, Nasarawa United, Abia Warriors, Dolphins, Bayelsa United, First Bank and Baton FC of Imo State are others teams that have booked their place in the round of 32.

Federation Cup Round of 64 results

Nasarawa United 3-2 Young Elephants
Abia Warriors 2-0 Mafara United
Dolphins FC 3-1 Ingas FC
Apa United 1-0 Ekiti United
FC Lokoja 2-4 First Bank FC
Enyimba 3-1 Sokoto North
CBN Cashless 0-2 Nembe City
Remo Stars 0-1 Bayelsa United
Gombe United 1-2 Baton FC
Heartland 1-1 Ebonyi United ( 4-3 on penalties)
Kwara United 1-1 Sharks FC (3-4 on penalties)
AS Racine 0-0 FC Taraba. (4-5 on penalties)
Prime 0-0 El-kanemi Babes (Prime 3-1 on penalties)
Bendel Insurance 1-0 Sunshine Stars
Shooting Stars 2-0 Dalhatu FC
Bright Stars 1-1 Crown FC (Crown won 4-1 on penalties)
Kano Pillars 1-2 Gateway United
Dynamite 4-0 Ranchers Bees
Kogi United 2-1 Yobe Desert Stars
Kaduna United Vs Leopards( Leopards walked over Kaduna United)
Enugu Rangers 2-0 Ikpeazu FC
Lobi Stars 2-0 Tornadoes Feeders
Akwa United 1-2 FC Abuja
Dan Buran Vs Warri Wolves( Warri Wolves walked over Dan Buran)

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