Gateway Utd defeated Nigeria Professional Football League side, Wikki Tourist 4-3 on penalties after regulation time had ended goalless to advance to the last 8 of the 2021 Aiteo Cup.
Gateway Utd have now equalled its best run of a last 8 finish in 2014 and will now play Bayelsa Utd in the quarterfinal.
Bayelsa United stunned NPFL side Lobi Stars 2-0 to book a quarter final date with fellow NNL side Gateway FC.
Bayelsa took the lead in the 20th minute through Emo Joseph before getting his brace in the 60th minute.
Reigning champions Kano Pillars and fellow NPFL side Sunshine Stars are through to the last eight where they will face each other.
Kano Pillars defeated Kebbi United 3-2 while Sunshine edged Green Berets 5-4 after on penalties respectively after a 0-0 regulation scoreline each.
Elsewhere, Rivers United took the lead in the 37th minute when Sunday Adetunji scored from a brilliant delivery from Lookman Binuyo. However Heartland equalized when Chijioke Akuneto volleyed into the bottom corner following a fine delivery from Chidera Ezeh.
Two late goals from Paul Aquah in the 79th minute and a screamer from Fortune Omomuwari in stoppage time completed the 3-1 win for the pride of Rivers.
Another NNL side, Niger Tornadoes upset Abia Warriors 3-2 at the Aper Akum Stadium Makurdi.
Tornadoes took a shock lead in the 18th minute through ‘Lookman’ but Warriors equalized just before half time through Godwin Obaje. However, Tornadoes’ dominant 2nd half display led to two goals in seven minutes with Peter Momoh and ‘Ahmadu’ scoring. ‘Ahmadu’ scored a late goal for Abia Warriors but it was not enough.
AITEO CUP ROUND OF 16 (MEN)
Kano Pillars 0-0 Kebbi United (Minna) – Kano Pillars win 3-2 on penalties
Gateway FC 0-0 Wikki Tourists (Enugu) – Gateway win 5-4 on penalties
Green Berets 0-0 Sunshine Stars (Abuja) – Sunshine Stars win 5-4 on penalties.
Katsina United 1-1 Gombe United (Kaduna) – Gombe United advance 5-4 on penalties.
Abia Warriors 2-3 Niger Tornadoes (Makurdi)
Plateau United 1-3 Nasarawa United (Lokoja)
Heartland FC 1-3 Rivers United (Aba)
Bayelsa United 2-0 Lobi Stars (Owerri)
AITEO CUP QUARTER FINALS:
Gateway United vs Bayelsa United
Kano Pillars vs Sunshine Stars
Rivers United vs Niger Tornadoes
Nasarawa United vs Gombe United