Federation Cup: Enyimba, Rangers knocked out

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Defending champions Enugu Rangers as well as newly-crowned Nigerian league champions, Enyimba, are top on list of teams that were knocked out of the 2019 Federation Cup on Wednesday.

In their Round of 32 clash in Minna, Rangers were beaten 2-0 by fellow Premier league side Lobi Stars.

The Flying Antelopes who emerged as champions last year after they dramatically beat Kano Pillars to the top prize in a thrilling final encounter in Asaba could not replicate same this time year.

Two goals from Lobi striker, Stephen Michael, ensured that Coach Gbenga Ogunbote’s team did not go past the Round of 32 this term.

Michael scored a goal in each half of Wednesday’s game to push the Pride of Benue closer to their target of winning the Federation Cup and ultimately secure a continental football ticket.

On their part, Enyimba were dumped out of the 2019 Federation Cup following the 3-2 defeat suffered in the hands of amateur side Smart City on Wednesday at the University of Benin Sports Complex.

The People’s Elephant who recently won an unprecedented eighth league title were hoping for a domestic double but their hopes were dashed by the Lagos State FA Cup champions.

Bashiru Kareem, John Gini and Abubakar Umar were the goal scorers for the giant killing non-league side.

In some of the other Round of 32 games also played on Wednesday, Akwa United were sent packing by Rivers United as they were hammered 3-0 by coach Stanley Eguma’s men.

Kehinde Adedipe gave the Pride of Rivers the lead in the first while second-half goals from Bright Onyedikachi and Ossy Martins ended what has been a disappointing finish to what initially looked like a promising season for the Promise Keepers.

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There were more heartaches for a host of NPFL teams on Wednesday with the likes of Sunshine Stars, Nasrawa United, Katsina United, Delta Force and Wikki Tourist all losing to lower league sides in their Round of 32 ties.

Federation Cup Round of 32 results

Smart City 3-2 Enyimba

Lobi Stars Football Club 2-0 Enugu Rangers

Ambassador 0-1 Warri Wolves FC

EFCC 1-0 Sunshine Stars Football Club

Gateway United 0-2 Abia Warriors FC

AKLOSENDI INT’L FC 1-0 Nasarawa United

Rivers United F. C. 3-0 Akwa United

Shooting Stars 2-0 Katsina United

Ekiti United 2 – 4 Bendel Insurance

Crown FC 1-1 Kwara United (4-5 PK)

Gombe United FC 0-1 Niger Tornadoes

FT: Wikki Tourist 1-1 Calabar Robers (2-4 PK)

Delta Force 0-0 Cynosure FC (10-11 PK)

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