Shooting Stars, Heartland dumped out of Aiteo Cup

Nigeria football fans have had little to cheer about since July, with all leagues suspended. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images

Four-time champions Shooting Stars were one of the major casualties in the first round of the 2018 Aiteo Cup, losing 5-4 on penalties to third tier Supreme Court in Benin in the round of 64.

The game ended goalless in regulation time, and the Oluyole Warriors failed to win the lottery of the penalty, a missed opportunity to end their trophyless run.

Akwa United began their Aiteo Cup defence with a classy 7-0 victory against Hope of Glory in a fixture played in Port Harcourt on Sunday.

An Aniekeme Asuquo hat-trick, and a brace apiece from Victor Mbaoma and Ezekiel Bassey sealed a comfortable win for the Promise Keepers, who progress to the round of 32.

A Sunday Adetunji brace and Ifeanyi Anaemena's spot-kick sealed a comfortable 3-0 win for four-time champions Enyimba against rookies Wasiu Alabelewe.

In Port Harcourt, Heartland were stunned by rookies Confine FC, losing 4-2 on penalties after regulation time ended 1-1. Mboutidem Charles opened the scoring against the top-flight team in the 17th minute, only for Moses Akinade to level for Heartland five minutes before the break.

Sunshine Stars survived a major scare thanks to Sikiru Alimi's brace and Godbless Asamoah's late headed goal to seal a 3-1 comeback victory against FC Ifeanyi Ubah Feeders.

Kano Pillars narrowly avoided an upset against 2017 Aiteo Cup giant killers Ugwa FC. Sai Masu Gida were handed a major scare by the amateur side, but eventually triumphed 3-2.

2016 champions FC Ifeanyi Ubah cruised to a comfortable 5-1 victory against minnows Nyansagwag FC.

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