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Kano Pillars beat Enyimba to reach Aiteo Cup semi-finals

Kano Pillars took a big step towards a return to CAF club competition after a four-year absence as they beat four-time Aiteo Cup champions Enyimba 4-2 in a rescheduled quarter-final fixture at the Patani Stadium in Gombe on Sunday.

The result means Pillars join five-time champions Enugu Rangers, Nasarawa United and Katsina United in the last four to do battle to determine Nigeria's flag bearer in the 2019 CAF Confederation Cup.

In Wednesday's pairings, Pillars and Katsina face off at the Agege...

Ifeanyi Ubah, Niger Tornadoes fall in Aiteo Cup

The Aiteo Cup round of 32 fixtures played across various match venues on Sunday produced further upsets, FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Niger Tornadoes the latest big guns to exit the cup competition.

Emmanuel Uangbadje's 24th-minute strike was the match-winner as giant-killers J. Atete knocked out 2016 champions FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1-0 at the Sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt.

2017 Aiteo Cup runners-up Niger Tornadoes were denied a spot in the round of 16 following a shock 1-0 defeat against Kogi United in the...

Shooting Stars, Heartland dumped out of Aiteo Cup

Four-time champions Shooting Stars were one of the major casualties in the first round of the 2018 Aiteo Cup, losing 5-4 on penalties to third tier Supreme Court in Benin in the round of 64.

The game ended goalless in regulation time, and the Oluyole Warriors failed to win the lottery of the penalty, a missed opportunity to end their trophyless run.

Akwa United began their Aiteo Cup defence with a classy 7-0 victory against Hope of Glory in a fixture played in Port Harcourt on Sunday.

An Aniekeme...

NFF need a solid way forward after avoiding ban

Nigeria's football federation avoided a suspension from FIFA this week, after the government of the African country dispatched a letter that recognised the leadership of Amaju Pinnick as the head of the NFF.

Pinnick is the FIFA-recognised president of Nigerian football, and the wrangling between Chris Giwa, who claims to be the leader but is under a FIFA ban, and Pinnick's supporters came to a head in July.

The country's football has been in disarray ever since, with all league activity suspended,...

Nigeria back down to FIFA, avoid ban

Nigeria acknowledged a FIFA-approved appointee as the sole head of its national soccer federation on Monday, minutes before the world governing body was due to ban the country from international matches over political interference in filling the post.

FIFA had said it would suspend Nigeria at 1100 GMT - thereby excluding the team from next month's African Cup of Nations qualifiers - over alleged state meddling in the running of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).

The NFF voted in FIFA's recognised...