Heartland the defending champions of the Federation Cup are through to the quarter final of the competition after they edged Sharks of Port Harcourt 5-4 on penalties at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin.
The game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes before both sides resulted to the spot kick with Bright Ejike getting the curtain raiser for Heartland against his former club while Tayo Fabiyi got the equaliser for the Blue Angels.
The Naze Millionaires proved to be more potent than their opponent as they scored 4 and Sharks converted only 3 during the penalty kick.
At U J Esuene Stadium, Akwa Starlets halted the aspirations of Abia Warriors as they defeated the Abia State reps 2-0 through goals from Utibe Achibong and Jelili Adebola. Both goals were scored in the first half.
Warri Wolves, Nasarawa United and Akwa United also progressed after beating Niger Tornadoes, Sunshine Stars and Enugu Rangers in that order.
Enyimba of Aba kept their bid to win a double this season intact with another commanding victory over 3SC at Abuja.
The Peoples Elephant confirmed their second stanza fine form with a 3I1 win over the Oluyole Warriors.
Sokari Sokari Kingsley 23rd,Andrew Abalogu 45th and Amanfor Chimezie 55th minutes put the Aba Millionaires at the driver's seat at 3-0 before Gbolahan Salami reduced the arrears in the 64th minute. He previously played for Enyimba last season.
The Rangers/Akwa United cracker took place at the Dan Anyiam Stadium,Owerri with Akwa United having the upper hand.
The boys from Uyo got the first goal through Stephen Adah in the 28th minute but the Flying Antelopes fought back gamely and scored the leveller through Pierre Coly whose header rested at the back of Akwa United net.
Akwa United did not allow the equaliser to weigh them down and at the restart of the second half, they were the better side and deservedly got the second goal which eventually decided the tie in the 60th minute through an own goal scored by Ousmane Sane.
The Senegalese national's desperate attempt to clear a goal bound ball ended diverting the ball into his own net.