Six top tier sides in Nigeria have booked their places in the quarterfinal stage of the 2016 F...
Six top tier sides in Nigeria have booked their places in the quarterfinal stage of the 2016 Federation Cup after matches on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The six Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) sides are Cup holders Akwa United, FC Ifeanyiubah, Nasarawa United, Rivers United, Warri Wolves and Wikki Tourists.
However, Crown FC, who play in the second tier, the Nigeria National League (NNL) saw off Enugu Rangers on Tuesday. Crown FC defeated the NPFL side 2-1.
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Crown FC 2-1 Rangers
Nigeria National League side, Crown FC have produced one of the biggest upset in the Federation Cup as they beat Enugu Rangers 2-1 in their Round of 16 clash at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Sunday.
Rangers who are hoping for a domestic double as they are at the moment very much in contention for the League shield will now have to direct all their energy to the NPFL if they are to end their over three decades trophy drought.
Crown FC on their part will hope they can continue this amazing run; having also finished champions of the Oyo state Federation Cup for the first time in recent times
Akwa Lose Out To Sunshine Stars On Penalties
Sunshine Stars of Akure are out of this year’s Federation Cup after they were edged out on penalties by defending Champions, Akwa United on Tuesday.
The game in Markurdi was keenly-contested as both teams fired blanks in the regulation period but Akwa United prevailed in the ensuing penalty kicks; winning 8-7.
Akwa United against all odds won the 2015 Federation Cup as they defeated Lobi Stars in the finals in Lagos. The Uyo-based side is hoping to go all the way to defend their title once more but they will first have to conquer their quarter final foes that would emerge after the
Shooting Stars are out of the Federation Cup following a 3-2 penalty shootout defeat against Rivers United at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Thursday.
Both sides failed to find the back of the net after 90 minutes and a penalty shootout was needed to separate them. Rivers United converted three of their spot kicks, while 3SC could only convert two of theirs.
FC IfeanyiUbah also secured their place in the quarter-finals after edging out Katsina United 2-0 in Ilorin.
The Anambra Warriors went ahead on 23 minutes when Suleiman Mohammed powered home Elu Wilson's corner kick. They scored the second late in the game against the hard-fighting Nigeria National League side.
In Makurdi, Ishaya Anyu scored the winner in the 18th minute to help Nasarawa United beat Dynamite FC 1-0.
Warri Wolves ended Prime FC's run by securing a 6-5 penalty shootout win against the Oshogbo-based side. Regulation time ended in a 1-1 draw with the Seasiders scoring first and Prime, who beat Kano Pillars in the previous round, rallying back to score the leveller.
Wikki Tourists also scaled through into the next round at the expense of Plateau United following a 1-0 win.
Enyimba defeated El-Kanemi Warriors 3-1 on penalties in their rescheduled Round of 32 fixture in Abuja after regulation time ended in a 1-1 draw.
The Peoples Elephant will face Delta State representatives, J. Atete, in the next round.