Aiteo/FA Cup Round Up: Enugu Rangers, Enyimba Eliminated, Green Beret, Akwa United Progress
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By Amaechi Agbo
Former champions, Rangers International FC and Enyimba International FC were both bundled out of the 2022 Aiteo/FA Cup after losing their Round 32 matches.
Rangers, 2018 winners lost 7-8 on penalties against Heartland FC. Rangers took the lead in the 29th minute but their neighbours restored parity in the second half to force the game into penalty shootout after 1-1 full time score.
On their part, 2014 champions, Enyimba International FC suffered similar fate after losing 5-6 against fellow Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL campaigners, Niger Tornadoes.
The regulation time ended goalless before the encounter proceeded into penalty shootout.
The results ensured that both teams will miss out in the 2022 CAF Confederation Cup as the winner of the FA cup will pick the second slot for the continent’s second tier league. Already, Remo Stars, who lost 3-0 against Akwa United, have picked the first slot by their virtue of ending 3rd on the 2022 NPFL log.
In other results of the Round of 32 matches, Green Beret FC defeated defending champions, Bayelsa United 5-4 on penalty in Enugu to progress to the Round of 16.
Bendel Insurance had a narrow escape as they beat Ottasolo FC 4-3 on penalties to progress. Kano Pillars recorded the highest scoreline of the fixtures after they walloped Zamfara United 5-0 in their encounter.
Full results of Aiteo/FA Cup Round of 32
Akwa United 3-0 Remo Stars
Bendel Insurance 1-1 (4-3) Ottasolo
Wikki Tourists 1-1 (4-3) Kwara United
Kano Pillars 5-0 Zamfara United
Niger Tornadoes 0-0 (6-5) Enyimba FC
Sunshine Stars 5-1 Rovers FC
Lobi Stars 3-0 Doma United
Green Beret 0-0 (5-4) Bayelsa United
Katsina United 3-1 Cynosure FC
DMD FC 0-0 (4-2) Housing Cooperation
Akure City 2-1 Bendel Insurance Feeders
Kogi United 2-2 (5-4) Kanta United
Heartland FC 1-1 (8-7) Rangers Int’l
Nasarawa United 1-1 you (11-10) Sokoto United
Elkanemi Warriors 1-0 Fulfill FC
Dakkada FC had a bye
Round Of 16 Fixtures
Green Beret 🆚 Niger Tornadoes
Lobi Stars 🆚Akure City Academy
Heartland 🆚 Dakkada FC
Sunshine Stars 🆚 Katsina United
Akwa United 🆚Kogi United
Housing Corporation 🆚Kano Pillars
Elkanemi Warriors 🆚Wikki Tourists
Bendel Insurance 🆚 Nasarawa United