Niger Tornadoes have become the third club to reach the Aiteo Cup semi-finals after dismissing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions Plateau United in their quarter-final second leg on Sunday.
Tornadoes took a two-goal lead into the second leg and it was expected that Plateau United whose Rwang Pam Stadium ground has been a fortress all season in the league would be a difficult hunting area for the Minna club.
Plateau United did win 2-0 when both teams met at the Rwang Pam Stadium during the league season.
On a ground where Plateau United had sealed their first league title 15 days ago, the Jos club just could not find that form that helped them see off Enugu Rangers on the final day of the NPFL season.
Surprisingly a game called off only a day earlier following heavy rainfall and a waterlogged pitch produced a script no one had envisaged. Tornadoes took the lead twice before half time through goals from Ibrahim Babawo and Isah Hussaini to lead 4-0 on aggregate.
That 4-0 lead effectively ended any aspiration of a Plateau United double as they needed to score five goals in the second 45 minutes.
The Jos club could only muster two goals through Bature Yaro who converted two spot kicks to save the Nigerian league champions the embarassment of suffering a defeat at home.
Tornadoes will now face Cup holders FC Ifeanyiubah in the semi-finals.
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