Underdog, Prime FC edge Enyimba out of Federation Cup

Enyimba International are out of this year’s Federation Cup competition as National League side, Prime FC, defeated them 2-0 in the one of the quarter final matches played Monday evening.

The Osogbo side came into the encounter as underdogs against the former African Champions, but with the recent history of having beaten Premier League leaders, Enugu Rangers at the same venue.

The Aba side were a shadow of the team that conquered Africa twice in succession, and they paid the price for their innocuous display, when Taiwo Maiyegun shot Prime ahead in the 23rd minute inside the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan.

Chris Akpouga put the game beyond doubt in the 65th minute when he scored the second for the Osogbo side.
Also in Lagos, Kano Pillars are through to the semi finals after churning out a hard earned 3-2 victory over National League side, Plateau United.

The match played at the Agege Stadium was highly explosive with Plateau United drawing the first blood with just six minutes into the game through Loveji Obadiah.

The Pyramid boys however got back on track immediately as Gambo Mohammed got the equaliser in just a minute later.

Pillars, who finished tops in the group stage at the Lagos centre, later shot into the lead through Super Eagles midfield maestro, Reuben Gabriel, in the 40th minute and kept on the lead till the end of the first half.

On resumption of the second half, it was the Tin City Boys who started strongly as fast pace attacker, Reuben Bala, scored the second goal for Plateau United to make scores 2-2.

Both teams pressed on to get the much desired winning goal but the goalkeepers at both end kept their respective teams in the game.

However in 73rd minute, Nasiru Ali, secured a semi-final spot for Pillars as he drove in a shot inside the six yard box to put scores at 3-2.

Plateau General Manager, Bitrus Bewarnag, admitted that his team lost to a better side.

” We played well but lost to a better side, I wish the team all the best in their remaining games,” he told Premium Times after the match.

For Pillars Coach, it was a hard-earned victory as he confessed that he never expected such display from the national league side. The coach also said that the ongoing Ramadan fast also took the steam off his boys.

In Port Harcourt, cup holders, Heartland showed champion stuff as they ran over Crown FC, scoring two unreplied goals.

The final quarter fixture saw Lobi Stars edging out Sharks FC 3-1at the Bauchi center.

The semi-finals matches have been fixed for the UJ Eusene Stadium and the Ilorin Township Stadium respectively.

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