Heartland FC of Owerri will play Niger Tornadoes of Minna in the first semifinal of this year’s Federation Cup at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan on Sunday, August 14.
Tornadoes, who dumped Enyimba FC and Green Beret on their way, walked over Lobi Stars of Makurdi, who failed to show up for their quarterfinal clash in Jos on Wednesday.
Heartland, who also beat Rangers and Dakkada FC on penalties, saw the back of Katsina United at the Kwara Sports Stadium, Ilorin after another penalty shootout.
The Owerri landlords won 4-1 in the shootout after both teams ended it 0-0 in regulation time.
Kogi United, who walked over Kano Pillars in Makurdi, were programmed to meet the winner of the clash between Wikki Tourists and Nasarawa United. Both the Solid Miners and the Tourists failed to turn up in Kaduna.
On that score, Kogi United are through to next week’s grand finale, to play the winner of the semifinal tie between Niger Tornadoes and Heartland FC.
The grand finale of this year’s AITEO Cup competition, for both the men’s and women’s events, will hold at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa on Wednesday, August 17.