The Rangers Football Club of Enugu have won the 2018 Aiteo Cup after a remarkable comeback. The Flying Antelopes erased their three-goal deficit to beat Kano Pillars on Wednesday at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.
This was their first Nigerian Federation Cup since 1983.
The Enugu based side were down by three goals before getting their acts back to level matters before getting the title via penalty kicks.
The victory means that Gbenga Ogunote’s men will represent Nigeria in next year’s Caf Confederation Cup. Below are how fans celebrated the ‘Miracle of Asaba’.
Pillars looked to be cruising to their first-ever Cup triumph when they led 3-0 with just 13 minutes to play at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.
But Kevin Itoya’s screamer from the edge of the box beat goalkeeper David Obiozo to give Rangers a glimmer of hope. The Flying Antelopes made the game even more interesting in the 82nd minute as Chidera Ezeh made it 3-2, and substitute Ajani Ibrahim’s brave diving header restored parity in injury-time. Former Pillars defender Isaac Loute completed the Rangers revival, scoring the decisive penalty to win the shoot-out 4-2.
Kano Pillars had taken the lead after less than five minutes through skipper Rabiu Ali, before Nigeria Under-20 midfielder Alhassan Ibrahim scored directly from a corner and Nwagua Nyima netted shortly after half-time.