Rangers win the Federation Cup for the first time since 1983 (image courtesy Brila FM)

Seven-time Nigerian champions Rangers International did the unthinkable on Wednesday as they fought from 3-0 down to emerge as champions of the 2018 Aiteo Federation Cup.

The Flying Antelopes battled like wounded lions to crack and bring down Kano Pillars 4-2 via penalties after the Pyramid City side had blown Gbenga Ogunbote’s men away with three brilliant goals.

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Pillars went in front through legendary skipper Rabiu Ali in the 5th minute before Ibrahim Alassan made it 2-0 for Pillars with a superb goal from a corner kick.

They added another goal to make it 3-0. At this point, it seemed all over for the Flying Antelopes, who looked dazed.

But Rangers fought back.

Ogunbote replaced goalkeeper Femi Thomas with Nana Bonsu, who locked the Flying Antelopes goal.

Rangers pulled one back through Kelvin Itoya. It was a screamer.

And with 13 minutes left, the Rangers faithful believed that something miraculous was in the offing.

Five minutes later Chidera Ezeh made it 3-2. The belief of a comeback grew.

A minute into time added on, something incredible happened. Ajani Ibrahim equalised for Rangers, throwing their supporters into raptures.

They went on to win on penalties, to lift their first Federation Cup in 35 years and qualify for next season’s Caf Confrontation Cup.