The group stage of this year’s edition of the Federation Cup recorded two major stunning results as the competition maintains its tradition.
In Ibadan, the highly rated Rangers International FC of Enugu was beaten by a lone goal by Prime Football Club of Osogbo, Osun State, inside the Lekan Salami Stadium.
The aspiration of the players and officials of the current Nigeria Premier League leaders to win double title was put in jeopardy by the loss to the Osun State side.
Central defender Tope Akande’s half volley from a right wing cross from Babatunde Kazeem, caught Rangers’ goalkeeper Ayanlogu Godwin napping in the 10th min of the game.
Rangers mounted pressure on the Osogbo darling team but all their attempts were thwarted by the defenders and goalkeeper, Ayodele Boyin.
In Lagos, inside the refurbished Agege Stadium, El-Kanemi Warriors defeated another Premier League side, Kwara United, by a lone goal.
Thompson Ezekiel gave Coach Kelechi Emeteole’s side the match winner in the 20th minute as Kwara United failed to level the score till the final whistle.
Heartland secured a lone goal win over Plateau United inside the Liberation Stadium, Port Harcourt.
In a related development, the management of Warri Wolves refused to send the team to Bauchi center over security concerns.
Also, another team billed to play at Bauchi Centre, Samba FC, was yet to arrive the venue, leaving Enyimba and Lobi Stars as the two sides on ground in Bauchi.