The 'Asaba Miracle'! That's what I'll call it. Indeed, there is no better way to describe the sensational comeback that led Enugu Rangers to the 2018 Aiteo Cup title. 

It seemed a lost game when Kano Pillars scored a third three minutes into the second half.

Enugu Rangers Vs Kano Pillars
Enugu Rangers Vs Kano Pillars

Pillars should have taken the game very much away. After Alhassan Ibrahim doubled their lead in the 20th minute, they squandered several chances. They will rue those missed chances now.

They had this game under control, cruising their way to their first domestic cup title since 1953. They were in dreamland when Nyima Nwagua added a third just after the restart.

Rangers, however, had other plans as Kelvin Itoya pulled one back for the Flying Antelopes who then staged a stunning back to bring the game level at 3-3.

It turned evening terrors for Pillars as the game went into penalties which Rangers won.

Series of comebacks

Enugu Rangers win 2018 Aiteo Cup title
Enugu Rangers win 2018 Aiteo Cup title

Maybe it was just providence in play. Rangers snatched a series of victories from the jaw of defeats in their run to the Aiteo Cup title.

They came down from a goal down to beat defending Akwa United, they showed mental strength to recover from going 2-0 down early in the game to beat Nasarawa 4-2 in the semis.

And then the sensational comeback in Asaba to win their sixth Aiteo Cup title.

"I'm so proud of my players. They did not give up all through the game,” Rangers coach Gbenga Ogunbote said after the game.

Since they last won the domestic cup title in 1983, Rangers have lost in four finals. But it was not to be this one. Just like they did in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, they showed mental strength again to ignite the Asaba miracle.