Nigeria Premier League Club, Akwa United, have drawn bye in the round of 64 of 2016 Federation Cup.
Nigeria league champions, Enyimba, will not take part in the round of 64.
Last year’s losing finalists, Lobi Stars also got a safe passage into the round of 32 as the draw was conducted in Abuja on Thursday.
Several fascinating ties however heralded the draw with Sunshine Stars facing Giwa FC in an all-Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) affair.
Former champions, Enugu Rangers will take on Akure City while Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) take on Wikki Tourists Feeders.
Rivers United have got what it takes to navigate in the shape of Owerri-based outfit, Papillo FC.
Papillo FC is owned by former African Footballer of the Year winner, Nwankwo Kanu.
Technical manager of Rivers United, Stanley Eguma understands the enormity of the task at hand but is tipping his side to get the job done against the unheralded side.
“Playing against Papillo FC is a tough draw for (Rivers United) because they are a very good side.
“We will not underrate them and we know we have to work very hard to get the win,” Eguma said.
The matches will be played on 25th and 26th May across the federation.
In the women’s draw, Rivers Angels will confront FC Robo Queens in the first round, while Abia Angels will trade tackles with Rising Queens, among other fixtures. Cup holders Sunshine Queens were drawn bye alongside Nasarawa Amazons, Capital City Doves, Confluence Queens, Moscow Queens, Delta Queens Katsina Queens, COD United Ladies, Pelican Stars and Bayelsa Queens.
THE MEN’S DRAW:
Kwara United Vs Galadima Best
Sunshine Stars Vs Giwa FC
Abia Comets Vs Nembe City
Damaturu FC Vs Dynamite United
Rovers FC Vs Flash Flamingoes
Nasarawa United Vs FC Abuja
Go Round Vs Yobe Desert Stars
Rivers United Vs Papilo FC
Kaduna United Vs Bridge FC
Shooting Stars Vs Wikki Tourist Feeders
FC Zamfara Vs Almar FC
Heartland FC Vs Top World
- Atete Vs Akwa Starlets
El-Kanemi Warriors Vs Katsina United Feeders
Sokoto United Vs Crown FC
Fasbir FC Vs Niger Tornadoes
ABS FC Vs Yenagoa City
Akure City Vs Enugu Rangers
Kogi United Vs Ekiti United
Wikki Tourists Vs FRSC FC
Dreams FC Vs Akwanga Selected
Plateau United Vs Zara FC
Gateway FC Vs Kano Pillars
Prime FC Vs Inneh Stars
Yarmalight FC Vs Warri Wolves
Jigawa Golden Stars Vs Gashaka Green Buffaloes
MFM FC Vs El-Kanemi Babes
Katsina United Vs FC Lokoja
FC IfeanyiUbah Vs Ebonyi United
Akwa United, Enyimba FC and Lobi Stars draw bye into the Round of 32
THE WOMEN’S DRAW:
Alberto Queens Vs Osun Queens
FC Robo Queens Vs Rivers Angels
Abia Angels Vs Rising Queens
Ibom Angels Vs Edo Queens
Sure Babes Vs Gift of Life
Martins White Doves Vs Tokas Queens