AITEO CUP 2018: MILESTONES IN NIGERIA’S NATIONAL CUP

AITEO CUP 2018: MILESTONES IN NIGERIA’S NATIONAL CUP

BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

*1945 November 7 – First final. Match duration was 60 minutes.

 

*1949 May 28     – First time a final match went into extra time.        

 

*1952 October 4 – Tesilimi Balogun became the first hat trick scorer.

 

*1953 October 3 – Kano became first provincial team to win cup.

 

*1955 February 28 – Governor’s Cup renamed All Nigeria Challenge Cup.

 

*1957 September 28 – First final match to be played with 80 minute duration

 

 

*1960 September 3 – First final match to be played with 90 minute duration

 

 

*1961 September 30 – First final to go into replay.

 

*1966 October 1 – Only final match without the ball in the net,  even from penalty shootout. First walk over as Plateau failed to show up against Ibadan XI

 

*1967 October 8 – Stores became first private club to win the cup.

 

*1970 September 29 – Trophy changed for the first time.

*1971 October 23 – Competition format changed. Only clubs and not township selected sides to take part. Before then, only Lagos featured clubs. WNDC Shooting Stars became the first to win under the new format. Niyi Akande scored the 100th goal of Challenge Cup final matches in the 2-1 defeat of Enugu Rangers.

 

*1972 October 14 – Last time final was played at Onikan.

 

*1972 October 21 – Replay at the then Liberty Stadium. First time final was played outside Lagos.

        

*1979 September 16 – Trophy changed for the second time.

 

*1983 November 12 – First final decided by penalty shootout.     

 

*1984 November 24 – Leventis United became the first lower  division league side to win the cup.

 

1989 November 17 – First final match in the North. BCC  broke 36-year northern team jinx. Amodu Shuaibu at 29 became youngest winning.

1991 November 16 – El Kanemi beat Kano Pillars in the first all-northern teams final match.

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