FA Cup: Niger Tornadoes Blow Off Rivers United as Kano Pillars Break Down Calabar Rovers’ Resilience to Reach Finals

2017 FA Cup finalists, Niger Tornadoes and 2018 finalists Kano Pillars are both through to the finals of the 2019 Aiteo sponsored FA Cup.

Rivers United took on Niger tornadoes in a battle of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) sides at the Agege Township Stadium, Lagos while Kano Pillars took on surprise semi-finalists, Calabar Rovers at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi.

At the Soccer Temple, in a game filled with early end-to-end action, Eric Frimpong scored first for Tornadoes in the 10th minute, but his lead will only last for six minutes, as Kehinde Samson Adedipe leveled in the 16th minute.

Both sides chose to apply caution so as not to concede the next goal, but as cautious as United tried to be, they conceded a foul just outside the penalty box of their half. Ivorian midfielder Dosso Saib stepped up to curl the ball over the wall and beyond the reach of the stretching Rivers United goalkeeper.

It would remain like that for the rest of the game as Niger tornadoes held on to reach their second Aiteo Cup final in three years.

In the other match of the day, Kano Pillars had to wait until the lottery of penalties before dislodging a stubborn Calabar Rovers side. The game ended 1-1 at regulation time before extending into penalties.

Pillars proved superior to their opponents from the South with a 4-1 victory from the spot to advance to their second Aiteo Cup final in two years.

Aiteo Cup Semifinal Results

Niger Tornadoes 2 – 1 Rivers United

Calabar Rovers 1(1) – (4) 1 Kano Pillars