There were no upsets as Premier League clubs moved into the next stage of the competitionSharks of Port Harcourt halted the giant killing run of First Bank of Lagos 3-1 in the 2012 Federation Cup Round of 32 played at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja on Saturday.
The Blue Angels decisioned their Nigeria National League side with a goal from former youth international Bright Maduabuchi Ejike and a brace from Gomo Onduku as they zoomed to the competition’s Round of 16 in style.
Speaking with Goal.com shortly after the match, Ejike noted that First Bank players were brilliant in the way they played but lacked the experience to get into scoring positions and convert the chances.
“We won the match 3-1 and I must say that they are a good side but they lacked experience to beat us. It is our objective to first get to the Round of 16 before talking about winning the competition. We thank God our first objective has been met and we are going to approach subsequent matches as they come,” the striker told Goal.com.
Also at the same Lokoja center, Gombe United pipped Fame Academy of Lagos 1-0 in a difficult match. Sanusi Sani who seemed to have rediscovered his goals scoring prowess got the only goal of the match in the first half.
Sani who has scored three goals in his club’s last two matches described the match as very tough and praised the resilience of Fame Academy who became famous after defeating former Federation Cup kings Shooting Stars in the Round of 62 last week.
”We won but we were given a lot of anxious moments in the match. We showed we were a more experienced side and held on till the end of the match. I got another goal today which showed that I am gradually inching towards my scoring best," Sani said.
In the battle of Nigeria Premier League clubs at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi between Lobi Stars and Niger Tornadoes, Jonah Abutu's penalty ensured Lobi Stars qualified for the next stage of the competition.
Heavy downpour forced a 24 hour postponement of the two matches slated for the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos. Kogi United's tie with Enyimba of Aba was put off till Sunday morning after the field became unfit for a football match with scores goalless after 45 minutes while Kaduna United and Kano Pillars also at the same stadium have their encounter delayed till Sunday evening.