BY GODWIN AIKIGBE
Newly crowned Nigeria champions Plateau United and Aiteo Cup defending champions on Wednesday eased into the last eight of the tournament with impressive home wins in the round of 16.
Plateau United edged Nigeria National League side Akwa Starlets 2-1 in Uyo while FC IfeanyiUbah were 3-1 victorious at home to Nigeria Professional Football League returnees Heartland 3-1 in Nnewi.
Akwa United recorded the heftiest win of the round, steamrolling Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan 5-1 in Uyo.
Two games ended in stalemates and will be replayed on Saturday. The tie between FC Abuja and Niger Tornadoes at the Federal Capital Territory ended goalless, with the replay set for Confluence Stadium, Lokoja while Ekiti United and Katsina United Feeders will settle scores at Muhammadu Dikko Stadium, Katsina after playing out a 1-1 draw in Ekiti on Wednesday.
In the Women’s version, four games are to be replayed on Saturday after winners failed to emerge therein on Wednesday.
FC Robo Queens will host Pelican Stars at Legacy Pitch, Surulere, Lagos,
Bayelsa Queens will play hosts to Sunshine Queens at Nembe Stadium,
Abia Angels will entertain Jokodolu Babes at Umuahia Township Stadium while the tie between Ibom Angels and Osun Babes holds at Uyo Township Stadium.
ROUND OF 16 RESULTS
FC Abuja 0-0 Niger Tornadoes
Akwa Starlets 1-2 Plateau United
Ngwa FC 1-3 Sunshine Stars
Osun United 2-1 El-Kanemi Babes
Unicem Rovers 0-1 ABS FC
Akwa United 5-1 Shooting Stars
Ekiti United 1-1 Katsina United Feeders
FC IfeanyiUbah 3-1 Heartland FC
Pelican Stars 1-1 FC Robo Queens
Confluence Queens 3-0 Sure Babes
Bayelsa Queens Feeders 1-3 Edo Queens
Rivers Angels 9-0 Ben Women FC
Sunshine Queens 0-0 Bayelsa Queens
Beautiful Tours 0-10 Nasarawa Amazons
Jokodolu Babes 0-0 Abia Angels
Osun Babes 1-1 Ibom Angels