SPORT: Rangers come from 3 goals down to beat Kano Pillers in 2018 AITEO cup finals

Rangers International of Enugu have merged champions of the 2018 Federation Cup after Kano Pillars blew a 3-goal lead at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.

The Flying Antelopes who last won the competition in 1983, were resilient as they fought back from 3 goals down to emerge the winners.

Sai Masu Gida seemed to have the game under their control when they raced into a three-goal lead through Rabiu Ali and Alhassan Ibrahim who gave the Kano-based side a two-goal lead in the space of 20 minutes before Nyima Nwagua increased the lead in the 48th minute.

But just the complexion of the game changed dramatically less than 20 minutes to the end of the second half after Enugu Rangers reduced the deficit in the 77th minute through Kelvin Itoya.

Gbenga Ogunbote’s men pushed harder to get the second goal through Chidera Ezeh in the 82nd minute. Ajani Ibrahim ensured the comeback was achieved in the extra time of the 90th minute.

The game moved into penalties as Rangers were crowned champions after winning 4-2 on penalties.

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