Nigeria’s two (2) representatives in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) competitions this season Rangers International and Lobi Stars will continue their rivalry in the round of 32 of this season’s Aiteo Cup after they were drawn together on Sunday evening.
Rangers; the defending champions of the tournament were beaten by Lobi Stars in the Nigerian Super Cup last November but the Flying Antelopes got their pound of flesh in the recently held Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Championship Playoffs in Lagos. They must now overcome Lobi once again if they hope to retain their crown.
In another high profile pairing, 2017 champions Akwa United will face their South-South rivals Rivers United at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium in Enugu while the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi will host the Nasarawa derby between Aklosendi and Nasarawa United.
NPFL champions Enyimba will continue their quest for a double with a tie against Smart City of Lagos in Benin City; Katsina United and Shooting Stars will face in Abuja while two teams that were relegated from the NPFL; Gombe United and Niger Tornadoes will clash in Lafia.
All matches will be decided this midweek with games divided between Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th June.
*Aiteo Cup Round 32 (19 & 20 June)*
*Wednesday June 19. 2019*
Rangers vs Lobi Stars (Minna)
Gateway vs Abia Warriors (Warri)
Ambassador (KD) vs Warri Wolves (Lokoja)
Ekiti United vs Bendel Insurance (Lokoja)
Rivers utd vs Akwa United (Enugu)
Delta Force vs Cynosure (EB) (Port Harcourt)
Gombe United vs Niger Tornadoes (Lafia)
Katsina United vs Shooting Stars (Abuja)
EFCC vs Sunshine Stars (Edo University Iyamho)
Smart City (LG) vs Enyimba Int’l (University of Benin)
Crown FC vs Kwara United (Osogbo)
Aklosendi vs Nasarawa United (Makurdi)
Port Harcourt City vs El-Kanemi Warriors (Abuja)
Calabar Rovers vs Wikki Tourists (Makurdi)
*Thursday June 20, 2019*
Kogi United vs Plateau United (Abuja)
ABS FC vs Kano Pillars (Lokoja)
*By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde*