Despite upsets recorded by lower league clubs, top guns Enyimba, Heartland, Enugu Rangers, Warri Wolves and Lobi Stars were among the elite teams that progressed to the Federation Cup Round of 32 on Wednesday.
However, four time winners Dolphins of Port Harcourt were dumped out by Akwa Starlets 4-2 on penalties after the regulation time had ended goalless at Umuahia.
Besides Dolphins, Plateau United (1999), El Kanemi Warriors (1991, 1992) and Kaduna United (2010) were the other past winners who were defeated by Niger Tornadoes, Kano Pillars and Abia Warriors respectively.
Bayelsa United and Nembe City were the other top clubs that were inexplicably eliminated at the Round of 32 by their opponents. Both clubs entertained ABS and Sunshine Stars in all premier league club contests
Nasarawa United won with the highest of margins of the round after annihilating City of David (COD) United of Lagos 4-0 in Ilorin while Lobi Stars with goals from Anthony Okpotu and Barnabas Imenger outclassed Mountain of Fire Ministries (MFM) 2-0 at the Gabros Stadium, Nnewi.
Full Round of 32 Results
Heartland 1-0 Ingas
Atete 0-0 Sharks (Sharks qualify 7-6 on penalties)
Rangers 2-0 Samba
Plateau United 0-0 Niger Tornadoes (Tornadoes progress 6-5 on penalties)
Warri Wolves 1-0 Spotlight
El Kanemi 1-2 Kano Pillars
Taraba United 0-2 Gombe United
Nasarawa United 4-0 COD
Nembe City 1-2 Sunshine Stars
Remo Stars 1-2 Enyimba
3SC 1-0 JUTH FC
Dolphins 0-0 Akwa Starlets (Akwa Starlets win 4-2 on penalties)
Abia Warriors 2-1 Kaduna United
ABS 0-0 Bayelsa United (ABS triumphed 5-4 on penalties)
MFM 0-2 Lobi Stars
Akwa United 0-0 Makwada (Akwa United won 4-3 on penalties)