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SMART CITY, TOO SMART FOR 3SC AS BIG NAMES CRUMBLE IN AITEO CUP

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The Round of 16 of the 2019 Aiteo Cup on Sunday recorded upsets.

Lagos side Smart City FC added Shooting Stars to their list of casualties after eliminating newly crowned NPLF champions, Enyimba in the previous round.

Also, relegated Bendel Insurance also kicked out El-Kanemi Warriors in the same round.

Lobi Stars go through to challenge for the trophy in place of the NPFL title they just relinquished, just as Rivers United also progress.

After surviving penalty shootouts in each of the last two rounds, Cynosure FC fail this time and Niger Tornadoes, recently relegated from the topflight league, advance to the last eight.

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Full Results of Round of 16:

·      Cynosure FC (Ebonyi) 2-2 Niger Tornadoes (Niger) (FT. Niger Tornadoes 3-2 penalties)

·      Smart City FC (Lagos) 0-0 Shooting Stars (Oyo) (FT. Smart City 5-4 penalties)

·      Warri Wolves (Delta) 0-2 Rivers United (Rivers) (Yenagoa), Lobi Stars (Benue) 3-1 Abia Warriors (Abia),

·      Bendel Insurance (Edo) 1-1 El-Kanemi Warriors (Borno) (Bendel Insurance 5-4 penalties)

Monday Fixtures

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·      EFCC FC (FCT) v Aklosendi United (Nasarawa)

·      Plateau United (Plateau) v Calabar Rovers (Cross River)

·      Kwara United (Kwara) v Kano Pillars (Kano)

 

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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