Nigeria Professional Football League Champions, Enyimba Football Club, have crashed out of the Aiteo Cup at the round of 32 following a 2-3 loss to non-league side Smart City FC at the Uniben Sports Complex this evening.
Although predicted to be an easy fixture for the People’s Elephant, Bashiru Kareem handed Smart City the lead in the seventeenth minute before an own goal by Tunde Adejoku drew Enyimba level after the half hour.
But it took the hard fighting non-league side only three minutes to retake the lead with a ferocious effort from John Mawe Gini.
Usman Abd’Allah sent on Bashir Abdulrahaman and Bright Emmanuel at the restart and the switches paid off twenty minutes later when Abdulrahaman picked Stanley Okorom’s long ball to blast past the keeper and restore parity for the second time in the explosive encounter.
The underdogs, however, claimed a historic winner with fifteen minutes left when Abduljabar Umar tapped in a loose ball after a free kick from the right.
Thereafter, coach Lukman Oshun’s side defended obstinately to produce one of the biggest upsets in Nigeria’s Cup Competition.