The 2022 Aiteo Cup is set to enter the last-16 stage after round of 32 games were decided on Wednesday.
Despite some shock eliminations as Enyimba International and Enugu Rangers International bowed out of the tournament, there are still some mouthwatering ties to look forward to this Sunday.
Akwa United ran out 3-0 winners against Remo Stars thanks to the heroics of Samuel Amadi as he netted a hat-trick to ensure the ‘Promise Keepers’ booked their place in the next stage.
Ayodeji Ayeni’s side will now face Kogi United, who outlasted Kanta United 5-4 on penalties after their two-all draw.
Last year’s finalists, Nasarawa United will face Bendel Insurance in what is sure to be an interesting encounter.
Both sides could only rely on a penalty shootout win after their respective 1-1 results during normal time.
Green Beret and Niger Tornadoes were part of the clubs who hugged the headlines for big reasons. They will also trade tackles in the next stage of the competition.
The former dumped out defending champions Bayelsa United 5-4 on penalties following their stalemate while the latter also needed the lottery to see off Enyimba, winning 6-5 on penalties after a barren affair.
Heartland FC of Owerri bundled out their Oriental rivals Enugu Rangers International following their 8-7 win on penalties after their one-all draw.
The ‘Naze Millionaires’ will next lock horns with Dakkada FC, who were given a bye after possible opponents FRSC FC and Adoration FC could not execute their last-64 clash.
Kano Pillars were the biggest winners on the day as they thrashed Zamfara United 5-0.
‘Sai Masu Gida’ have now been drawn to face DMD, who relied on a 4-2 penalty shootout win to defeat Housing Corporation after their 0-0 outcome during normal time.
Sunshine Stars and Katsina United will do battle in the next stage of the competition.
Stars defeated Rovers FC 5-1 while Katsina United beat Cynosure FC 3-1 to progress.
Lobi Stars will also take on Akure City Academy.
Lobi defeated newly-promoted Nigeria Professional Football League side, Doma United 3-0 while Akure City got the better of Bendel Insurance Feeders 2-1.
Wikki Tourists set up a clash with El-Kanemi Warriors after defeating Kwara United 4-3 on penalties after their 1-1 full-time draw.
Meanwhile, Warriors needed a lone goal to beat Fulfill FC to secure their last-16 ticket.
Aiteo Cup round of 32 results in full
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 [11-10] Sokoto United
Elkanemi Warriors 1-0 Fulfill FC
Aiteo Cup Last 16 Fixtures
Sunday, August 7, 2022
Green Beret vs Niger Tornadoes
Lobi Stars vs Akure City Academy
Heartland vs Dakkada FC
Sunshine Stars vs Katsina United
Akwa United vs Kogi United
DMD vs Kano Pillars
Elkanemi Warriors vs Wikki Tourists
Bendel Insurance vs Nasarawa United