Reigning Federation Cup holders Enyimba International FC headline a line-up of six Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs to have advanced into the last 8 of this year’s tournament.
The ‘Peoples Elephant’ defeated fellow Glo Premier League outfit Nembe City 2-1 in Akure to join Sharks, Giwa FC, Dolphins, Lobi Stars and Crown FC in the quarter-finals.
An Mfon Udoh brace kept hopes of a successful Cup defence for the six-time Nigeria League champions.
Sharks doused the impressive run of surprise team of the round of 14 Dynamite FC in Ado Ekiti.
Goals from Kelly Kester and Christian Pyagbara ensured victory for the Port-Harcourt-based side.
Dolphins needed a solitary goal to pip El-kanemi Warriors to a last 8 FA Cup berth. Emem Eduok’s strike moments before half-time ended El-Kanemi’s ambition.
In the other all-Premier League clash of the fourth round, Crown FC defeated Nasarawa United 5-4 on penalties in Aba after both teams were tied a-goal apiece in 90 minutes.
Lobi Stars needed the lotteries of penalty to progress at the expense of Plateau United. Lobi won 6-5 on penalties after 90 minutes ended 1-1.
Moses Bunde handed Lobi the lead in 25 minutes but Charles Okafor restored parity through a penalty eight minutes to the break.
Goalkeeper, Terhemen Akombo, a late substitute for Daniel Atsaka in the closing minutes of the game, became the match hero after saving Nasarawa United’s Abayomi Olorunda’s effort from 12 yards.
Bayelsa United will battle Gateway FC at the Goal Project, Abuja, by 3:00pm today (Friday). The ‘Restoration Boys’ hopes to grab the final quarter-finals slot up for grab, but not without outwitting the Abeokuta-based club.
Federation Cup Round of 16 Results
Nembe 1-2 Enyimba
Insurance 0-1 Giwa
El-Kanemi 0-1 Dolphinis
Prime 1-1 First Bank (Prime won 3-2 on penalty)
Lobi 1-1 Plateau (Lobi edge 6-5 on penalty)
Sharks 2-0 Dynamite