Rangers International FC of Enugu are through to the Round of 32 of the AITEO Cup competition after the Organizing Committee threw out opponents Kogi United following Wednesday’s abandoned encounter in Lokoja.
The home boys were leading 2-1 before there was spectator –encroachment on the pitch of Confluence Stadium after the referee awarded a penalty kick to the reigning NPFL champions.
In it’s decision, the Organizing committee handed Kogi United a two-year ban from the Competition.
The Club Chairman, Abdul Sule, is banned from all match venues and all activities of the Competition for the remainder of the current edition of the Competition.
Equally, for leading and participating in the acts of encroachment, assault on the Referee and consequential disruption of the match, the Head of Kogi United Supporters’ Club, Maikudi Kanin-Bala was slapped with a two-year ban from all football-related activities.
The Club was also fined ₦1,250,000,00 and was also compelled to pay ₦250,000.00 as compensation to the Referee for assault; as well as the costs of any certified medical bills.
Rangers have therefore joined the teams that will enter the pot for Friday’s draw for the Round of 32 games.
In other matches played on Thursday, Niger Tornadoes edged an all-NPFL teams’ encounter against El-Kanemi Warriors 2-1 in Lokoja, while Akwa United downed hosts Halfa FC of Jigawa 3-1 in Hadejia.
Adamawa United Feeders also reached the Round of 32 following a 2-1 triumph over Cynosure FC of Rivers, and FC Abuja thrashed Niger Tornadoes Feeders 4-1 in Lokoja.
Adamawa Utd Feeders 2-1 Cynosure FC
Niger Tornadoes 2-1 El-Kanemi Warriors
Halfa FC 1-3 Akwa United
Niger Tornadoes Feeders 1-4 FC Abuja
Heartland* 0-0 Insurance (5-4 pens)
Jets 1-2 Sunshine
Bayelsa W/O FC Zamfara
Ede Utd 2-0 Sakaba
Shooting 3-1 Dynamite
FCIU Feeders 2-1 Jigawa
Delta Warriors 2-0 Ayade Babes
FC Yarmalight 1-3 FCIU
Nasarawa 3-0 MFM
FRSC 1-0 Potiskum
Doma Utd* 1-1 Adamawa Utd (PK 4-3)
Osun Utd 2-0 Coal City
FC Lokoja 0-2 El-Kanemi Babes
Kwara Utd 4-0 Sokoto Utd
Wikki 1-2 Plateau
Abia Warriors 1-0 Crown FC
Almar* 0-0 Spartan FC (5-3 pens)
Moyero 0-2 Akwa Starlets
ABS 2-1 Enyimba
Rivers Utd 0-0 *FC Atete (PK 6-7)
Katsina Utd Feeders 1-0 Aklosendi FC
Ngwa 6-2 FC Galadima
Ekiti Utd 3-2 Dolphins
AITEL 0-0 *Unicem Rovers(PK 3-5)
Samba Kurna 2-0 Wikki Feeders
Kogi Utd vs Rangers (abandoned) – Rangers walked over Kogi United.
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