Lagos - The list of prominent casualties in this year’s
Federation Cup competition swelled on Wednesday after Premier League side and
former champions, Heartland, bit the dust in an entertaining Round of 16 match
against newcomers BJ Foundation at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi. Abia
Warriors and Dolphins FC were also bundled out.
Little –known Edo State club, BJ Foundation, had beaten
Kurmi Market of Kano in the Round of 64 and then got the better of Sportlight
FC of Katsina in the Round of 32. On Wednesday, they recorded perhaps the
biggest triumph of their history by overcoming Heartland FC 3-2.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah defeated FC Taraba 4-2 at the Area 3
Playground, Abuja, and Abia Warriors fell 2-1 to fellow Glo Premier League team
Nasarawa United in Oshogbo.
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Remo Stars, who bundled out holders Enyimba FC in the Round
of 32, came close to knocking out Lobi Stars, but lost 3-5 on penalties after a
1-1 draw. The Ogun State club scored its goal 30 seconds into the match.
Plateau United, conquerors of Shooting Stars of Ibadan and
Kano Pillars in early rounds, were thrown out this time, beaten by a lone goal
by El-Kanemi Warriors in Minna. Akwa United overpowered Prime FC in Oleh, by
the same 1-0 scoreline.
In Ado-Ekiti, Niger Tornadoes Feeders eliminated another top
division club, Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt 4-3 on penalties, after the 90
minutes ended 1-1.
In the quarter –finals scheduled for August 12-13, Lobi
Stars will square up against BJ Foundation, while Ifeanyi Ubah confront
Nasarawa United. Akwa United will battle Niger Tornadoes Feeders, and El-Kanemi
Warriors will await the winner of the Kwara United Vs Enugu Rangers match
coming up in Abuja on Thursday.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah 4-2 FC Taraba
Heartland FC 2-3 BJ Foundation
Prime FC 0-1 Akwa United
Tornadoes Feeders 1-1 Dolphins FC (4-3 penalties)
Remo Stars 1-1 Lobi Stars (3-5 penalties)
Nasarawa United 2-1 Abia Warriors
Plateau United 0-1 El-Kanemi Warriors
Kwara United Vs Enugu Rangers (Abuja) – 4pm
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