The draw for the men’s round of 16 and women’s first-round Aiteo Cup were made on Friday night and produced some mouthwatering fixtures.
Only one fixture involving top-flight teams emerged, with the possibility of another as Sunshine Stars will host Nasarawa United, while Akwa United might also face a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side if Kano Pillars get past second-tier club Yobe Desert Stars in their round of 32 game yet to be played.
Third-tier club Ngwa FC, who scored the highest number goals by any side in the previous round, winning 6-2 against FC Galadima, will face the winners between Lobi Stars and Katsina United.
Holders FC Ifeanyi Ubah will take on their feeders team in an unlikely draw, while ABS Ilorin FC, who eliminated Enyimba FC in the previous round will face another feeders team in Adamawa United Feeders.
In the women’s draw, defending champions Rivers Angels were handed a tricky tie as they face Delta Babes.
Nine teams drew bye and are automatically in the round of 16and among those teams are Ibom Angels, Sunshine Queens, Bayelsa Queens and Nasarawa Amazons.
FULL MEN’S ROUND OF 16 DRAW
Sunshine Stars v Nasarawa United
Akwa United v Yobe Desert Stars/Kano Pillars
Osun United v Kwara United
Niger Tornadoes v FC Atete
Ngwa FC v Lobi Stars/Katsina United
Unicem Rovers v Rangers Int’l FC
Ekiti United v Abia Warriors
FRSC FC v Heartland FC
FC Ifeanyi Ubah Feeders v FC Ifeanyi Ubah
El-Kanemi Babes v Alma FC
FC Abuja v Samba Kurna
Plateau United v Ede United
ABS Ilorin FC v Adamawa United Feeders
Katsina United Feeders v Bayelsa United
Akwa Starlets v Doma United
Delta Warriors v Shooting Stars SC
FULL WOMEN’S FIRST ROUND DRAW
FC Robo Queens v Delta Queens
Confluence Queens v Invincible Angels
Adamawa Queens v Edo Queens
Beautiful Tour v Moje Queens
Pelican Stars v Young Talents 99
Rivers Angels v Delta Babes
Bayelsa Queens Feeders v Fortress Ladies
Teams who are automatically in the round of 16: Ben Women FC, Ibom Angels, Jokodolu Babes, Sure Babes, Sunshine Queens, Nasarawa Amazons, Osun Babes, Abia Angels and Bayelsa Queens.