Kano Pillars wallop Zamfara Utd 5-0 in Aiteo Cup | Dailytrust

Kano Pillars wallop Zamfara Utd 5-0 in Aiteo Cup

Kano Pillars Wednesday proved that they are still a force to be reckoned with in Nigerian football as the former champions walloped Zamfara United 5-0 in the Aiteo Cup Round of 32 matches played at the Ahmadu Bello stadium Kaduna. 

Pillars who were relegated at the end of the 2012/2022 NPFL season got off to a perfect start as Godspower Aniefiok put them ahead in the 20th minute and doubled the lead just before the end of the first half. 

In the 53rd minute, Rabiu Ali made it 3-0. Few minutes later, Pillars increased their tally to four before Ali scored his brace from a free-kick in the 70th minute to win the game at 5-0. 

Elsewhere, there was a big upset in Enugu as NNL side, Green Berets (Nigerian Army team) knocked out defending champions, Bayelsa United, 5-4 on penalties after 0-0 in regulation time. 

Six-time champions, Enugu Rangers also bowed out as relegated Heartland FC defeated them 8-7 on penalties after the regulation time ended 1-1. 

Meanwhile, results from other centers saw Bendel Insurance defeating Ottasolo 4-3 on penalties while Niger Tornadoes caused another upset as they edged Enyimba 6-5 on penalties after 0-0 in regulation time. 

Relegated Katsina United also redeemed their image with a 3-1 victory over Cynosure FC while Elkanemi Warriors defeated Fulfill FC 1-0. 

In the same vein, DMD of Maiduguri moved to the next round after defeating Housing Corporation 4-2 on penalties while Nasarawa United battled to a 11-10 victory on penalties over Sokoto United. 

A Samuel Amadi hattrick was all that Akwa United needed to end Remo Stars campaign while Kogi United won 5-4 on penalties after they were held 0-0 by Kanta United. 

Sunshine Stars shone brightly over Calabar Rovers with an emphatic 5-1 victory while Kwara United lost 3-4 on penalties to Wikki Tourists in Abuja after the normal time ended 1-1. 

Akure City Academy defeated Bendel insurance Feeders 2-1 just as Lobi Stars clinically defeated Doma 3-0 in Jos. 

Round of 16 matches have been scheduled for Sunday, August 7.


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