Ogunbote Wins First Managerial Title As Rangers win Aiteo Cup In Dramatic Fashion

The Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State was brought to life as the AITEO Cup Final match between Kano Pillars and Enugu Rangers began on a high note with Kano Pillars drawing first blood as early as the fifth minute when Rabiu Ali fired in a ball sent through to him by Nwagua into the net.

In the 20th minute, Pillars got a second through Ibrahim Alassan’s corner kick which was pushed in by Rangers Goalkeeper Femi Thomas.

Halftime ended 2-0 in favor of Kano Pillars giving the Flying Antelopes a tough nut to crack in the second of half of the tie.

The Masu Gida added to their tally of goals through Nyima Nwagua making it 3-0 just at the start of the second half.

Kelvin Itoya produced a 77th-minute screamer which renewed hopes in the team.

Another lifeline came from Chidera Ezeh’s goal which gave the boys from Enugu a fighting chance in the 82nd minute.

And just when all hope seemed lost, Ajani Ibrahim came up with and an unbelievable effort to bring the scores to 3-3 and send the game to penalties after regulation time.

Kano Pillars thus failed to win their first ever AITEO Cup after losing 4-2 on penalties to Enugu Rangers bringing the Flying Antelope’s record to six FA Cup titles and first after 35 years dethroning last year’s winners Akwa United.