It is a mixed fortune for the Akwa Ibom State as the League Champion Plateau United dumped one of the state representatives out of the 2017 Aiteo Cup.
The NPFL Champion kept their hopes of winning the double alive with a 2-1 win against Nigeria National League (NNL) club Akwa Starlet 2-1 in round 16 of the cup on Wednesday.
The game was played inside the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.
After a 0-0 first half, Jimmy Ambrose eventually broke the deadlock to give Plateau United the lead in the 54th minute.
Plateau United doubled their lead in the 82nd minute thanks to Hamzat Owolabi.
Akwa Starlet made it a nervy end to the game as Aniekeme Asuquo pulled a goal back for the home team in the 89th minute to make it 2-1 but Plateau held on to progress into the quarterfinals.
Meanwhile the State second representative, Akwa United fc thrashed Shooting Stars by 5 goals to 1.
A hat-trick from Amaechi Orji (37th, 49th and 51st minutes) and a goal each from Hassan Babangida and Christian Pyagbara in the fifth and 92nd minutes respectively secured the emphatic win for Akwa United.
Shooting Stars’ only goal was scored by Abu Azeez on 14 minutes to make it 1-1.
Akwa United have now progressed into the quarter-finals of this year’s Aiteo Cup.
In Nnewi, Aiteo Cup holders FC IfeanyiUbah defeated 10-man Heartland 3-1.
IfeanyiUbah’s goals were scored by Godwin Obaje who bagged a brace in the 11th and 91st (penalty) minutes, while Ikenna Hilary scored IfeanyiUbah’s other goal.
Francis Momoh had restored parity for Heartland in the 47th minute.
Prior to Momoh’s equaliser, Heartland skipper Julius Ubido was sent off.
In Abakaliki, Sunshine Stars ended the run of Ngwa FC , the team which earlier sent Lobi Star out of the competition in the round of 32 was beaten by 3 goals to 1.
Franklin Sasere opened scoring for Sunshine on 18 minutes before two late goals from Thompson Ezekiel on 82 and 86 minutes made it 3-0.
Ngwa got on the score sheet late in the game but it was too little too late as Sunshine went on to advance into the last eight.
ABS of Ilorin put the disappointment of being relegated from the Nigeria Professional Football League to the Nigeria National League behind them as they edged Unicem Rovers 1-0 at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar.
ABS’ goal was scored by Wasiu Alalade in the 47th minute.
In other Aiteo Cup round of 16 results, Osun United defeated visiting El-Kanemi Babes 2-1 at the Oshogbo Township Stadium, while FC Abuja and Niger Tornadoes ended their tie 0-0 and will have a replay on Saturday in Minna.
Aiteo Cup Round 16 Men Results :
Akwa United 5-1 3SC
Ngwa FC 1-3 Sunshine Stars
Unicem Rovers 0-1 ABS
FC Abuja 0-0 Niger Tornadoes
Osun United 2-1 El-Kanemi Babes
Akwa Starlets 1-2 Plateau United
Ekiti United 1-1 Katsina United Feeders
Aiteo Cup Women Results :
Pelician Stars 1-1 Robo Queens
Confluence Queens 3-0 Sure Babes
Bayelsa Queens Feeders 1-3 Bayelsa Queens
Beautiful Tours 0-10 Nasarawa Amazons
Jokodolu Babes 0-0 Abia Angels
Osun Babes 1-1 Ibom Angels