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Alebiosu's hat-trick lights up Aiteo Cup Round of 16

Segun Alebiosu was undoubtedly the star of matchday one in the Aiteo Cup Round of 16, as the forward's hat-trick fired Kwara United to a one-sided 5-1 victory against nine-man Abia Warriors.

The Group C encounter, played at the Agege Stadium in Lagos, saw Kwara take a 13th-minute lead from the spot via Musa Wakili's strike.

Abia were reduced to 10-men when goalkeeper Uche Okafor was sent off for a foul outside the area, and Alebiosu struck a beautiful free kick to double the lead from the resultant...

Enyimba rescue Nigeria but the other clubs must pull their weight

As celebrations erupted in Aba following Enyimba's 5-1 rout of Rwanda's Rayon Sport in Sunday's CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final second leg, it was about more than just the victory, even though only very few may have realised it.

A greater, and more significant impact rested on the game's result, one with consequences for all Nigerian clubs.

By making it to the semi final, Enyimba are guaranteed three more points in CAF's ranking system. Multiplied by CAF's weighting factor of five, that gives...

Top Five: Aiteo Cup 2018 upsets

Ahead of the Aiteo Cup Round of 16, KweséESPN reviews the five biggest upsets of the competition so far.

Are the shock results set to continue during this week's group-stage clashes?

Standard FC vs. Lobi Stars: 2018 league champions Lobi Stars could have been forgiven for dreaming of a domestic double ahead of their Round of 64 clash against non-league team Standard FC in Lafia.

Regardless of the gulf in pedigree and quality between both teams, defender Paul Udeh had cautioned his teammates...

Who are the favourites for the Aiteo Cup?

The Aiteo Cup enters the Round of 16 this week, with group-stage matches set to commence from Monday as the nation's top sides compete for a Caf Confederation Cup ticket.

In this feature, KweséESPN profiles the key contenders for the title.

Akwa United are gunning to retain the title for the first time in the club's history.

The two-time champions (2015 and 2017) have started this year's competition like a house on fire, netting 12 goals in two matches in one-sided victories against Hope of...

Aiteo Cup: Kano Pillars drawn into group of death

13 Nigeria Professional Football League teams, two from the Nigeria National League and Supreme Court FC, the only side left standing from the Nationwide League One, are the teams still contesting a CAF Confederation Cup berth.

The Lagos centre has thrown up a group of death, with the four teams involved - Kano Pillars, Rivers United, Kwara United and Abia Warriors - all NPFL clubs.

Defending champions Akwa United are tipped to pick up one of two tickets in Group D as they make the short trip to...